(March 7) – Democrats on the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee voted this afternoon to turn aside a Republican attempt to make it even easier for oil and gas companies to cram drilling rigs down the throats of Colorado communities.

HB18-1150, sponsored by Rep. Perry Buck, R-Windsor, would have forced local governments that ban fracking to compensate every owner of an undeveloped mineral right. The bill also tried to penalize local governments that impose moratoriums on oil and gas development.

“We should be encouraging, not penalizing, local governments that want to prioritize health and safety when it comes to oil and gas operations,” said Rep. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, the chairman of the State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee.

“As far as the oil and gas industry is concerned, there is no such thing as reasonable limits on drilling,” said Rep. Edie Hooton, D-Boulder, another of the six Democrats who defeated HB18-1150 on a party-line vote.

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