DENVER – A bill that would create sweeping changes for Colorado’s oil and gas regulations has advanced at the state capitol.
The House Energy and Environment Committee voted 7 to 4 in favor of SB19-181 Monday night.
The bill would prioritize health and safety, and change the makeup of the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission, giving more power to local governments over oil and gas development.
The bill will next be considered by the House Finance Committee.
Supporters say the legislation will shift the focus from profits to health and safety, but opponents say it will have a severe negative impact on the state’s economy.