Comprehensive Oil and Gas Bill Hearing in Senate Finance Thursday Morning

After Tuesday’s marathon public testimony and passage of SB 19-181 in the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee, the comprehensive oil and gas bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday morning at about 10 am. The Senate will be in session prior to that and SB 19-181 will be heard in the Finance Committee upon adjournment, likely in Senate Committee Room 357 on the third floor.

Any members of the public wishing to testify or write to the members of the Finance Committee should focus their comments on financial concerns regarding the bill.  According to the League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans (LOGIC), “That does NOT mean you have to understand the finances behind the oil and gas industry. It DOES mean if the development of oil and gas concerns you for the financial burden on:” 

“Your Property Values

Your Health Care costs

The amount of time spent in traffic on account of oil and gas traffic

The liability that oil and gas brings to your community, your HOA, your schools…

Not being duly compensated for your minerals

The instability of the oil and gas industry and what that might mean for your community. 

you should come and testify on this bill.”

If you wish to write or call the members of the Finance Committee, they are:

  • Sen. Lois Court- 303-866-4861 or email
  • Sen. Pete Lee- 303-866-6364 or email
  • Sen. Julie Gonzales- 303-866-4862 or email
  • Sen. Nancy Todd- 303-866-3432 or email
  • Sen. Paul Lundeen- 303-866-4836 or email
  • Sen. Rob Woodward- 303-866-4853 or email
  • Sen. Jack Tate- 303-866-4883 or email 

You can read the text of the bill here https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-181

According to an email from Senator Mike Foote’s office, the bill will:

-“Change the mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to prioritize health and safety over industry profits.  It removes the charge of ‘fostering’ oil and gas development and replaces it with the duty to ‘regulate’ it in a way that prioritizes health and safety.”

-“Removes two of the three oil and gas industry representatives to the COGCC and replaces them with a wildlife protection expert and a public health expert.” 

-“Allows local governments to treat oil and gas operations just like they do every other industry, including the ability to condition or deny permits.”

-“Requires an operator to inform and get a permit from a local government first rather than the current process of getting a permit from the COGCC and then ambushing the local jurisdiction.” 

– “Reforms forced pooling to require a majority of mineral interests to agree before others can be pooled and adds health and safety as a consideration in deciding whether to allow forced pooling.”  

-“Requires forthcoming rulemakings (under a new COGCC mission and leadership and new CDPHE leadership) to address air quality issues and bonding requirements.”