Colorado local-control oil and gas bill aims to be flexible

Colorado State Capitol

Colorado State Capitol

 – Reporter-Denver Business JournalMay 2, 2014

The sponsor of a potential bill to grant local governments more control over oil and gas drilling regulations said she hopes to craft legislation that will allow cities and counties to deal with wells on a case-by-case basis, much like they deal with the zoning of local businesses.

Though discussions between industry leaders and state officials went late into the night Thursday, no bill was introduced by the time that the House adjourned at 11:40 p.m.

However Backers say they believe something is likely to come on Friday.

Rep. Su Ryden, the Aurora Democrat who will serve as the sponsor, said in an interview Thursday that she is hoping to write the measure as broadly as possible to not tie the hands of either governments or drillers, and to allow the parties to negotiate compromises that work for everyone.

While the bill will deal with allowing local governments to regulate noise and distances between wells and homes, it likely won’t be prescriptive on how little or how much they can mandate in most instances, she said.

“It’s sort of silent on a lot of things. It doesn’t really get specific on what those particulars might be, because it allows them to be flexible and negotiate,” Ryden said.

“The idea is to get people together to negotiate those details and avoid a lot of cost and grief,” she added.

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