This week, two bills that will negatively impact two of WCC’s biggest issues face their first test in the Colorado House this Wednesday, Feb. 22. Please contact your Representative today and ask them to vote no and no!
HB 1124: Local Government Liable Fracking Ban Oil and Gas Moratorium. This bill flies in the face of grassroots efforts across the state to affirm local governments’ land-use authority in the siting of oil and gas facilities. In fact, it would penalize any local government that enacts a moratorium or ban of oil and gas development by holding it liable for the value of the mineral rights. WCC does not advocate for an outright ban of oil and gas, but we do believe that it should be subject to the same local land-use processes as all other industries.
HB 1141: Equal Protection From Federal Employee Personal Attack – or the “Cliven Bundy Protection bill” as it should be called – is a blatant attack on our public land management agencies. It would make federal employees vulnerable to a felony charge for managing grazing on public lands. WCC is not opposed to grazing on public lands; however, we believe it must be done in a responsible and sustainable manner. BLM and Forest Service range managers are critical to that process. Plus, the bill is simply unconstitutional.
Thanks for your support on these critical issues. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch!