Colorado Legislative Action
By Mary Coday Edwards
Chair, RMC Legislative Committee
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
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
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.
Return to the April e-newsletter...