SB 181

Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission held the first rulemaking hearings this week since Senate Bill 181 became law earlier this year. The outcome was disappointing for conservation groups. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

Early next week, the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission meets to begin implementing changes in accordance with SB 181, signed into law in April. COGCC Assistant Director Julie Murphy described the changes to come at a recent Northwest Colorado Council of Governments Water Quality / Quantity Committee meeting.

After years of tension over expanded oil and gas drilling, including a deadly explosion that galvanized critics, Colorado is moving to tighten regulations on the booming industry. In a sweeping overhaul the governor is expected to sign, regulators will now have to consider public health, safety and the environment in decisions about permitting and local land use.

The state must still hammer out the details of how to implement the new law over the next year. But the impending changes are already fueling hope for some, and fear for others.

Colorado's SB-181 Passes, Gets Mixed Reviews

Apr 4, 2019
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SB-181, a bill that changes state regulation of oil and gas development, is headed for Colorado Governor Jared Polis' desk. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report about how some have responded.

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Western Slope residents weighed in on State Bill 181, which would change state oil and gas regulations.