Comprehensive Oil and Gas Bill Passes Third Reading in Senate and Headed to the House

On Wednesday morning, SB 19-181 passed its third reading with a 19-15-1 vote in the Senate and is headed to the House.

According to co-prime sponsor Sen. Mike Foote, the amendments added last night “do not change the core of the bill regarding either local control or COGCC reform.”

You can read the bill and the amendments 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.”