Legislative update

April 10, 2013

Colorado, oil and gas drilling

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, right, and Boulder County Commisioner Elise Jones, thanked each other after a April 1, 2013, debate. (THE DENVER POST | Helen H. Richardson)

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, right, and Boulder County Commisioner Elise Jones, thanked each other after a April 1, 2013, debate. (The Denver Post | Helen H. Richardson)

Hickenlooper defends Colorado drilling regulations during debate

Guest commentary:  In debate, commissioner beats governor

Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones clearly won the debate against Governor Hickenlooper (Daily Camera, April 2) about “Who Should Control Hydraulic Fracturing in Colorado” that took place at CU Denver Law School last week …

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Disclosure rules for oil and gas pass Colo. House HB 1269 — The House voted 34-29 Tuesday to require and stricter standards for recusal on conflicts of interest.

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bill-schoolhouse-rockColorado legislators have been busy preparing about 7 oil & gas related bills. At the moment, support is needed for the following bills.

HB 1273 authorizes local governments to collect fees on oil & gas well permits for overseeing environmental or public health impacts, which Elbert County, for one, really needs.

HB 1275 sets up health impact studies of epidemiological data in the Front Range — as a model process of evidence-based risk assessment and legislative decision-making based on objective info, which is what necessary and due diligence and appropriate representation of the public is all about — and with results that will help us all.

You can lend your support by:

Emailing or calling 5 committee members of the House Health, Insurance, & Environment Committee before their 1:30 p.m. meeting this Thursday, April 11; contact info is below.

One suggestion is to say:

My name is _______, a Colorado voter. (If you are in their district, it’s a good idea to mention.) I’m asking that you support House Bills 1273 and 1275 in committee on April 11. Local governments need the help of 1273 for new funding to oversee oil and gas environment or public health impacts. And the Front Range Oil & Gas Human Health Study in 1275 that is important to the health of all of us.

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HB 1278 regarding Oil Spills and Gas Releases Reporting. It would require reporting within 24 hours of all spills of oil and exploration and production waste involving one barrel (42 gallons) or more. Whereas currently, COGCC rules vary, ranging from requiring reporting of general spills of five barrels or more within 10 days, to mandating immediate reporting of any spills if they affect or threaten a surface water supply.

Also, notification requirements would be extended to include landowners adjacent to the spill site and the emergency response authority within the affected municipality, or the local county if in an unincorporated area. Whereas currently, reports must be made principally to the commission, with certain other requirements, including notification of the owner of a spill site within 24 hours of reportable spills, and immediate notification
of emergency contacts for surface water intake facilities for spills that harm or threaten their water.

You can do this by:

Emailing or calling 7 Committee members of the House Transportation & Energy Committee before their meeting at the same time: 1:30 pm, Thursday, April 11; contact info is below.

One suggestion is to say:
My name is _______, a Colorado voter. (If you are in their district, it’s a good idea to mention.) I’m asking that you support House Bill 1278, in committee on April 11, regarding oil spills and gas releases reporting. Mention the Parachute Creek spill, which was reported at least five days after the discovery of the underground plume.

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bill in committeeColorado House — Health, Insurance & Environment Committee Members
Hearing Thurs 4/11/13 at 1:30pm – Capitol bldg. Room 0107
HB13-1273 Rep. Fischer–New Funding Local Governments Oil Gas Development
HB13-1275 Rep. Ginal–Front Range Oil & Gas Human Health Study

Elizabeth (Beth) McCann (D), Chair – Majority Caucus Whip – State Rep – District 8
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2959
Email: beth.mccann.house@state.co.us

Sue Schafer (D), Vice-Chair – State Representative – District 24
Capitol Phone: 303-866-5522
Email: sue.schafer.house@state.co.us

Rhonda Fields (D) – State Rep – HD 42 Arapahoe County (legislator)
Capitol Phone: 303-866-3911
Email: rhonda.fields.house@state.co.us

Dianne Primavera (D) – State Representative – District 33
Capitol Phone: 303-866-4667
Email: dianne.primavera.house@state.co.us

Dave Young (D) – State Representative – District 50
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2929
Email: dave.young.house@state.co.us

Not necessary to contact the other 6 members: 5 Republicans and presenter, Rep. Ginal

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Colorado House Transportation & Energy Committee
Hearing Thurs 4/11/13 1:30 pm
HB13-1278 Mitsch Bush–Oil Spills Gas Releases Reporting

Max Tyler (D), Chair- State Representative – District 23
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2951
Email: max@maxtyler.us

Dominick Moreno (D), Vice-Chair – Majority Assistant Caucus Chair – State Rep. – District 32
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2964
Email: dominick.moreno.house@state.co.us

Randy Fischer (D) – State Representative – District 53
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2917
Email: randyfischer@frii.com

Tracy Kraft-Tharp (D) – State Representative – District 29
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2950
Email: reptracy29@gmail.com

Pete Lee (D) – State Representative – District 18
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2932
Email: pete.lee.house@state.co.us

Cherylin Peniston (D) – State Representative – District 35
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2843
Email: cherylin.peniston.house@state.co.us

Dianne Primavera (D) – State Representative – District 33
Capitol Phone: 303-866-4667
Email: dianne.primavera.house@state.co.us

Not necessary to contact the other 6 members: 5 Republicans and presenter, Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush.

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To find contact info and more about your State Senator or Representative, use this site:
Colorado General Assembly 2013 & District Maps

1) On left, click “Contact Information” for a drop down menu.
2) Click on “House,” then click “Directory” for alphabetical list of Representatives that includes District numbers, contact info, etc.
3) Repeat for “Senate.”

What district do you live in?

Remember, there was re-districting in 2012. It’s very easy to find out both state senate and state house of representatives using this website:  Legislative Districts, Colorado

1) Type in your street address, including city, state, and zip code; and it puts a diamond at your residence.
2) Click/check the box State Senate 2012, and it outlines the districts. Click near your diamond, and it gives you State Senate District. (If you click on the diamond, it opens a list of the names of your senator — but it’s blank right now.) To remove these district lines, again click the box State Senate.
3) Click/check the box State House of Representatives 2012, and it outlines the districts. Click near your diamond, and it gives you State House District. (If you click on the diamond, it opens a list of the names of your representative — but it’s blank right now.) To remove these district lines, again click the box State House.

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