Bill would stop new oil, gas permits in Colorado by 2030

(The Center Square) – A group of Democratic legislators recently introduced a bill to stop new permitting for oil and gas development in Colorado by 2030.

Senate Bill 24-159 would require the Colorado Energy & Carbon Management Commission to adopt rules to end the issuing of new oil and gas permits by Jan. 1, 2030, and additional reductions in the total number of permits for new wells in 2028 and 2029. The legislation also would require new permits issued after 2024 to stop operations by 2032.

“Climate pollution from oil and gas wells in Colorado exacerbates climate change, which has been declared the greatest global threat to public health by two hundred medical journals, and has adverse impacts on Coloradans’ health and well-being,” says the bill, which was introduced in the Senate Tuesday.

“I think most Coloradans agree with us that we can’t keep drilling forever,” said bill
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