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Food & Water Watch Encouraged by Limited Restoration of Local Control Over Oil and Gas Operations, Calls for Ban on Fracking


The Colorado State Senate today passed SB19-18, which would restore some local control over oil and gas operations, by a vote of 19 to 15. 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. The bill also changes the mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to include protection of public health and safety. The legislation falls short, however, of banning fracking or curtailing fossil fuel expansion, which is needed to protect the health and safety of Coloradans and lessen the impacts of climate change.

"We are encouraged that the state Senate is seeking to strengthen local control over oil and gas drilling. The people most directly affected by the dangers of fossil fuel extraction should have the right to decide what happens in their communities. We will continue to stand with cities and towns that seek to smartly reject drilling and fracking," said Jason Harrison, Food and Water Watch Colorado Organizer. "Ultimately, the only way to protect families from the health and safety hazards of fracking is to ban it entirely."

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