PART 1: Senate Bill 181 passed. What’s next?
Last year, the Colorado legislature passed Senate Bill 181, momentous legislation that transformed the way Colorado regulators approach the oil and gas industry. Today, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is focused on protecting public health and safety rather than maximizing industry profits.
But, the change isn’t complete.
Rules have to be made to ensure that the agency will fulfill their new mission of putting people, wildlife and the environment first. Real people and communities can benefit from this mission change, but only if we work together to build power in our communities and ensure that every voice is heard.
And, the key to power is understanding the process of bureaucracy. If you know where and when to show up, you can make a difference. In our Majority Rules blog series, we will demystify what’s coming next in the rulemaking process and amplify the stories of change makers who are actively holding industry accountable.
To start our series, Beau Kiklis, Conservation Colorado’s Public Lands Advocate, answered questions that are top-of-mind as Colorado decision makers move to deliver on their directive to put the environment first.
Mollie (left), Kathryn, and Beau mountain biking in Colorado
Ultimately, rulemakings matter because they impact the people, places, and wildlife we love in Colorado. And rules built around the needs of the majority protect the wellbeing of all who call Colorado home.
In the coming weeks, we’ll share a range of stories and informative resources that demonstrate the grave consequences of a profit-driven oil and gas industry, and contrast those testimonies with the positive impacts new rules can create. From an activist who previously worked on an oil rig to families who were kept in the dark about new drilling development, stick with us for stories from Colorado residents who are fighting for a healthy, just future.
We agree with them, and the majority of Coloradans: rules should protect the people, places, and wildlife we cherish.
Want to get involved? Submit a comment to the COGCC!