(April 10) – A bill to improve reporting requirements for oil spills cleared its first legislative hurdle with bipartisan support today.

HB13-1278, sponsored by Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush (D-Steamboat Springs), was approved by a 9-4 vote of the House Transportation & Energy Committee. Rep. Don Coram (R-Montrose) joined the committee’s Democrats in support of the measure.

The bill sets a one-barrel threshold for required reporting of any oil spill. The current threshold is five barrels. The spill must be reported within 24 hours to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the local jurisdiction responsible for emergency response.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Association and the Colorado Petroleum Association joined environmental groups expressing support for the consultations that produced the bill.

“The inclusive stakeholder process we used to develop this bill has produced a common-sense solution to help prevent water pollution,” Rep. Mitsch Bush said.

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