For Immediate Release—March 20, 2019
Contact: Julie Light, 510-992-4083, [email protected]
Today, Adams County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution temporarily halting new permits for oil and gas development in the county. The action is a response to new regulations being considered by the state legislature. SB19-181, which passed the state senate last week and is supported by Governor Polis and House Speaker Becker, would give local governments limited new authority to regulate oil and gas operations. If it becomes law, the bill would overturn parts of a 2016 state supreme court ruling which found that only the state could regulate oil and gas development.
“Adams County did the right thing today by stopping all new fracking permits,” said Jason Harrison, Food and Water Watch Colorado Organizer and resident of Aurora. “This measure will give the county government time to evaluate the new law, should SB 181 pass, and give the community a chance to weigh in on the issue. The people most directly affected by the dangers of oil and gas drilling should have the right to decide what happens in their communities. Ultimately, the only way to protect families from the health and safety hazards of fracking is to ban it entirely.”
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