The editorial published in Wednesdays Herald incorrectly stated I was the sponsor of HB 1223, the bill to add more oil and gas industry members to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). Lets set the record straight. Not only am I not the sponsor of this unnecessary and potentially harmful legislation, but Im actively working against it.
As a member of the Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee, I vigorously questioned not only the need for such a change, but I exposed that such a change would erode the public trust of the COGCC, which in turn would work against the best interest of the industry.
In fact, the industry did not bring this bill; it was brought by politicians. They have the misguided belief that changing the board would lead to fewer regulations which would, in turn, lead to more production. Thats just not whats going on! Permits are at an all-time high. Petroleum companies are holding back somewhat on actual production because they dont want to depress the market due to oversupply. They want a stable regulation environment and the need the trust of the public.
My attempt to kill the bill in committee was unsuccessful with the party-line vote. I will again try to kill it on the House floor. If that fails, we will work with our Senate partners to kill it there.
Rep. Roger Wilson, Glenwood Springs