A second state company is telling native governments it nonetheless wields appreciable authority over the oil and gasoline business regardless of a brand new legislation giving cities and counties new powers.
The Colorado Division of Public Well being and Setting stated Tuesday a legislation handed this yr permits native governments to enact well being and environmental guidelines stricter than the state’s however does not weaken the company’s authority.
Company spokeswoman Jessica Bralish stated the discover wasn’t geared toward any particular native authorities, though Weld County has established an oil and gas department to manage the business. Weld County is Colorado’s main oil producer, and officers there have complained about state regulation.
Final month, the state Oil and Fuel Conservation Fee warned Weld County it nonetheless regulates the business and that drillers should comply with state guidelines.