Colorado Legislature approves 1 oil, gas bill; others die or face probable deaths

March 31, 2018

A proposal to keep unspent money in a budget account used by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to help pay for mitigating the adverse environmental impacts of abandoned oil and gas wells gained state lawmakers' final approval on Thursday.

House Bill 18-1098, sponsored in the Colorado House by Reps. Lori Saine, R-Firestone, and Matt Gray, D-Broomfield, and carried in the state Senate by Fort Collins Republican Sen. Vicki Marble, could be the only oil and gas-related measure to make it through the Legislature this year. The 2018 session convened on Jan. 10 and must conclude on or before May 9.

"The bill has been a bipartisan success, which are indeed hard to come by," said Gray, whose Broomfield-based House District 33 extends north to include Superior and the Boulder County portion of Erie.

Said Saine, whose House District 63 represents such southwest Weld County communities as Firestone, Frederick, Mead and the Weld County portions of Erie and Longmont: "I am very glad to work with my colleague Representative Gray and expect we can continue to set the pace for bipartisan work on oil and gas safety issues in Colorado."

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