Colorado Legislative Action
By Mary Coday Edwards
With less than a month left of the session, bills are rapidly making their way through the Capitol’s corridors of power, and we need your help to protect Colorado’s environment! Please take a few minutes to contact your elected officials regarding the following bills.
Please contact your representative and ask him/her to SUPPORT SB13-252, an energy bill that builds on Colorado’s leadership in clean energy by calling on rural cooperatives to generate more electricity from renewable energy sources. SB13-252 will raise the current 10% renewables requirement to 25% by 2020.
In today’s Colorado it’s cheaper for the oil and gas industry to pay fines than to follow the laws. HB13-1267 will hold the industry accountable to our state’s communities and environment. Ask your senator to SUPPORT HB13-1267, which will increase penalties for oil and gas violations.
HB13-1269, which would reduce conflicts of interest within Colorado’s oil and gas regulatory agency, is now in the Senate. Please contact your senator and ask him or her to SUPPORT good governance and vote YES on HB13-1269. Thanks to everyone who contacted their representative in response to our Action Alert that went out a couple weeks ago – your efforts helped get it through the House!
Local governments are currently denied the right to charge fees to pay designees to inspect oil and gas facilities in their jurisdiction. HB13-1273 will allow local inspectors to be paid for their work and expand the powers of local governments to monitor oil and gas production in their district. Please ask your elected official to SUPPORT HB13-1273, on increasing the ability of local governments to protect its citizens.
Ten days: That’s how long you could be drinking contaminated water due to an oil spill and not know it. AND if it’s a spill of less than 210 gallons, you would never know. HB13-1278 would change that, requiring reportage of spills over 42 gallons within 24 hours. Ask your elected official to SUPPORT the health and safety of Colorado’s citizens and its environment and vote YES on HB13-1278.
For all bills that the RMC has taken a position on, check out our Legislative Tracker at http://rmc.sierraclub.org/tracker.shtml.