Colorado House passes O&G earthquake bill over Hickenlooper’s concerns

Earthquake Fault Diagram - Courtesy USGS

Earthquake Fault Diagram – Courtesy USGS

A bill that would make oil and gas companies liable for damage caused by earthquakes, and raised concerns in the Governor’s office, passed the Colorado House of Representatives on Friday on a party line vote.

The vote was 33 in favor, 31 opposed. The bill now goes to the Senate, where observers say its chances of passage are slim.

HB16 1310, sponsored by Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, would allow homeowners to seek compensation for damage to individuals, their homes or other property caused by oil and gas drilling. The Senate sponsor is Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora.

“This bill holds oil and gas to the same standards as other industries in Colorado,” Salazar said in a statement after the vote Friday.

“We’re trying to give Colorado homeowners the tools to protect their health, safety and property rights.”

But Gov. John Hickenlooper’s spokeswoman, Kathy Green, said via email Thursday — before the third and final vote in the House on Friday — that Salazar’sproposal “raises serious concerns.”

“First, the department hasn’t seen widespread problems with property damage caused by seismicity in Colorado, generally, and we haven’t seen widespread seismicity caused by oil and gas operations,” Green said.

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2 Responses to Colorado House passes O&G earthquake bill over Hickenlooper’s concerns

  1. Marvin says:

    You gotta be kidding me! Is there even one documented (True) case of this ever happening. Sounds like too much pot is being smoked in Colorado, effecting what used to be rational thinking!

  2. So, with the state’s long history of seismicity and the silly claims that the earth slide near Collbran was the result of “fracking”….???? Look out tort lawyer city…coming soon to your community.

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