A proposed law to launch a wide-ranging study of the health and quality-of-life impacts of oil and gas production along Colorado’s Front Range is dead. The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday voted 5-2 to kill House Bill 1297, with Democratic Sens. Mary Hodge of Brighton and Pat Steadman of Denver joining with Republicans in sending it to its demise.
HB 1297 was sponsored by Rep. Joann Ginal, D- Fort Collins. It would have directed the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to conduct the study by Jan. 1, 2017.
The study would have focused on Adams, Arapahoe Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer and Weld counties and cost nearly $600,000. Oil and gas operations in Colorado have grown controversial as drilling rigs have moved closer to communities north of Denver in the last few years.