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What Colorado is Doing about Oil and Gas Laws and Gas Panel Oversight compared to Texas Railroad Commission

25 February 2007 at 9:05:43 AM

From Aspen Daily News- The Colorado Legislature is considering passing HB 1252 which would provide minimum protections to homeowners whenever a gas company operates on their land.

AND this is a TERRIFIC bill! Lawmakers look to overhaul gas panel; Environmentalists, royalty owners would play greater role on state board

The bill would open seats on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to environmentalists, ranchers, royalty owners and health experts. Currently, the law requires the majority of the commission to be from the energy business, leading critics to charge it is too friendly to the industry.

Expanding the mission statement to emphasize environmental and public health protection. Currently, the mission stresses the efficient production of oil and gas.

• Changing the makeup of the seven-person commission. Today, five of the seven must be from the gas industry. The bill says only three can be from the gas industry; the rest would be experts in environmental protection, agriculture and soil conservation.

• Adding the heads of the departments of Natural Resources and Public Health and Environment as non-voting members. That would mean Sherman would sit on the commission, along with Jim Martin, whose last job was at the environmental group Western Resource Advocates.

• Requiring consultation with the Division of Wildlife and the state health department on drilling permits.

We need to do the same thing in Texas, overhaul the Texas Railroad Commission so that it doesn't pander, as a rubber stamp, to oil and gas interests, but is looking out, FIRST, for the public.

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