Curry’s surface use bill pulled |

Curry’s surface use bill pulled

Sponsors of a legislative effort to address surface use compensation for oil and gas development pulled their bill Friday.

The sponsors cited irreconcilable differences among the industry and other groups that were trying to reach a compromise on it.

House Bill 1185 had won approval in the House and by two Senate committees. But its main sponsor, state Rep. Kathleen Curry, D-Gunnison, and Senate sponsor, Jim Isgar, D-Hesperus, pulled it before it could go to a vote of the full Senate.

“Needless to say, I’m very disappointed that the various interests were unable to agree on key provisions of this legislation,” said state Rep. Kathleen Curry, D-Gunnison. “The unfortunate result is that surface landowners will not get the important protections HB 1185 would have provided.”

The bill would have required payment of surface use compensation by oil and gas companies. But negotiations broke down on several fronts, including the main issue of what compensation could fairly be required.

A coalition led by Garfield County residents hopes to address the issue through a ballot initiative on this fall’s ballot.

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