The Colorado Supreme Court will release its long-awaited ruling Monday in a case that might dictate how the state’s oil and gas regulators weigh environmental and well being issues in their decision-making.
A coalition of municipal, environmental and well being teams desires the Supreme Court to require the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to make sure the safety of the setting and individuals earlier than issuing permits for oil and gas drilling.
The oil and gas trade desires the Supreme Court to steadiness their pursuits with these of the setting and well being issues in a method that doesn’t destroy profitability of gasoline growth in Colorado.
Oil and gas firms have drilled greater than 56,000 wells and plan tens of 1000’s extra relying on components equivalent to the prices of working in Colorado versus different states.
During an October Colorado Supreme Court listening to Colorado Solicitor General Fred Yarger mentioned the fee should contemplate public well being and security, contemplate the setting and contemplate wildlife, in accordance to a previous article.
For years, the oil and gas fee interpreted its orders from state lawmakers because the balancing of trade pursuits with safety of public well being and the setting.
But in 2017, the Colorado Court of Appeals determined in a case introduced by a bunch of teenage environmental activists that the fee should prioritize well being and the setting.
The fossil gasoline trade appealed the choice to the Supreme Court.