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Garfield County, the so-called “ground zero” of the late, great oil and gas boom, will be the scene of a rally in support of the more stringent drilling regulations currently being debated in the Statehouse in Denver.
Rep. Joe Rice, D-Littleton, said he’s perplexed by the growing drumbeat from Republicans who want to gut the new oil and gas drilling regulations or at least delay them for a year or two.
Republicans looking to gut new Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) drilling regulations adopted in December and now subject to the approval of the state legislature just got some much-needed ammo in what promises to be a contentious fight.
One Garfield County commissioner is trying to make the others toe the party line behind majority opinions.
State Sen. Josh Penry was sounding the death knell for the Colorado oil and gas industry in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday, complaining new regs put forth by the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will drive drilling to other states.
Republican lawmakers Wednesday were lining up to take shots at the new oil- and gas-drilling regulations finalized this week by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. State Senate minority leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, and newly elected state House Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, who bounced presumptive Speaker of the House candidate Bernie Buescher, D-Grand Junction, from office in November, issued a release predicting dire consequences if the new Legislature approves the rules.