Conservation Colorado Applauds Congressman Polis and Governor Hickenlooper on Oil and Gas Compromise
Conservation Colorado Executive Director Pete Maysmith released the following statement today on the Governor’s announcement of the next steps to address issues of local control and oil and gas development.
“Conservation Colorado thank U.S. Congressman Jared Polis and Governor Hickenlooper for their announcement today to cease ballot initiative efforts and work together towards long term solutions around issues of local control and oil and gas development.
Conservation Colorado believes local governments have a historical right and responsibility to protect the public health and environment of their communities from land use impacts of industrial activities like drilling and fracking. We applaud Congressman Polis’ strong advocacy for his constituents and on behalf of many other Coloradans concerned over the impacts of oil and gas drilling on Colorado communities.
We congratulate Congressman Polis and Governor Hickenlooper for working diligently to bring this complicated issue to a good public policy result. No Coloradan should have to wake up and see a drilling rig over their back fence and worry that their families health or quality of life will be adversely impacted.
We look forward to full implementation of Colorado’s oil and gas regulations and for the end of unnecessary lawsuits over the City of Longmont’s oil and gas protections. We also will work to support the Governor’s announced Commission to delve deeper into the important issue of local government protections and the oil and gas industry in the near future.