“In ‘new era’ of oil and gas regulation, Colorado communities waste no time writing own rules” – The Denver Post

“Pro-industry forces watching closely for regulatory ‘overreach’”

By John Aguilar, The Denver Post 5/6/19

After the passage of SB19-181 Protect Public Welfare Oil and Gas Operations, Denver Post Reporter John Aguilar surveys local communities who are looking at “how to flex their newfound muscle.”  The article includes plans from the following local communities:

  • Thorton where resident Abbey Palte says “her neighbors want to see what Thornton is willing to do to harness the powers it now possesses under SB 181.”
  • Broomfield discussion of a moratorium on new drilling until regulations are reviewed. 
  • Commerce City formation of a new nine-member oil and gas focus group that “will provide input on potential rules Commerce City might impose on the industry.”
  • Lafayette immediately added another six months to its moratorium on drilling in the city.
  • Larimer County launching an Oil and Gas Regulations Task Force to meet over spring and summer.
  • Brighton reviewing new regulations and fees.
  • Weld County announcing it is an “oil and gas local-control county” whereby it will “(take) control back from the state” to “maintain the working relationship we have had with the energy industry.”
  • Aurora committing to engaging in operator agreements one day before SB19-181 took effect.

Please read the entire article here https://www.denverpost.com/2019/05/06/colorado-oil-and-gas-local-regulations-181/