Testimony of the Colorado Petroleum Council Before the House Energy & Environment Committee hearing on SB19-181
Associate Director of the Colorado Petroleum Council Chris McGowne testified that Senate Bill 181 is a misguided overreach, specifically in the area of local control. By way of illustration, under the current bill a local government could simply run out the clock and prevent an operator from ever receiving a permit from the COGCC. There are minimal sideboards on how far a local government can go. For example, they could conclude that unworkable half-mile or mile setbacks are needed to minimize adverse impacts, with no factual or scientific information that supports this argument. They could zone oil and gas out of any location from which oil and gas resources could be accessed. Local governments could insist on financial assurance that far exceeds what exists at the commission, to the extent that no underwriter would undertake such a policy.
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