Mesa County commissioner criticizes new oil, gas rules |

Mesa County commissioner criticizes new oil, gas rules


GRAND JUNCTION ” Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis says a proposed overhaul of Colorado’s oil and gas regulations goes beyond what the Legislature intended.

Meis also argues the proposed rules would increase the time it takes to approve a drilling permit.

His comments are part of Mesa County’s comments prepared for upcoming hearings. The comments echo warnings from the industry that the proposals could undermine Colorado’s booming natural gas development.

The rules drafted by state staffers would implement two new laws requiring that decisions about oil and gas development give additional weight to public health, wildlife and the environment. Regulators aim to adopt new rules by mid-July.

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