The Colorado House of Representatives has introduced HB 1223 to change the makeup of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The proposed changes would add more industry professionals to the commission. Last year this COGCC issued the third largest number of drilling permits in Colorado history. Do we really need more?
COGCC’s mission statement specifically calls out “a responsibility to protect public health and the prevention and mitigation of adverse environmental impacts.” This cannot be accomplished with a commission that is stacked with industry insiders.
Rep. Randy Baumgardner and Sen. Jean White need to know that Coloradans want their health and the environment protected. We do not support the changes to COGCC proposed in HB 1223.
Chairman, Trappers Lake Sierra Club