This past week brought a unique experience to our lives. We attended the bi-monthly meeting of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Being in attendance, we were able listen and see firsthand the many issues that came before the commission. We were impressed with the level of knowledge and different perspectives each commission member brought to the table.
After we returned to Craig, we learned about an effort to change the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. HB1269 is a misguided bill that would make substantial changes to the COGCC.
If the bill is passed, it would not allow anyone with employment in the gas and oil industry to be a commission member. We live in a world in which technology is changing rapidly. This is true in the oil and gas industry. By having members of the commission currently employed in the industry, you have people with knowledge of the latest technology that's used in the oil and gas industry. It is important to have members of the commission with the knowledge of the latest technology to have a more complete picture when making decisions concerning rules and issues that come before the COGCC.
If HB1269 passes, the knowledge of current technology being used in the oil and gas industry will be severely limited, if not completely lost, when issues come before the COGCC. We need to keep the COGCC members with broad and unique knowledge in different areas of expertise.
Please contact your Colorado state representative and senator and urge them to vote against HB1269. And be prepared to ask Gov. Hickenlooper to veto HB1269.
Lloyd and Harold Rollins