“The increased penalties finalized by the COGCC are a significant step in the right direction. Because of these new rules, Coloradans can hope that when oil and gas companies are caught violating the law, they’ll actually be punished. And hope that the punishment will be consistent and significant enough to deter other potential violators.
We hope other states will take note.
Moving away from the broken self-regulation system that most states have for the oil and gas industry is necessary to begin to regain the confidence of impacted communities. We look forward to states addressing the larger underlying issues –such as community consent and the significant health impacts – that have turned much of Colorado against fracking.”