- March 8, 2019
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A plan to refocus Colorado's oil and gas regulations on health and safety passed its first milestone in the Legislature yesterday after 187 people testified during a 12-hour hearing.
The Senate Transportation and Energy Committee voted 4-3 to approve a measure that would require regulators to make the protection of human health and the environment their top priority. Current law makes energy production the primary goal.
The legislation also gives local governments the option of regulating the location of new wells. Existing law says only the state has that authority.