DENVER (AP) — A second state company is telling native governments it nonetheless wields appreciable authority over the oil and gasoline trade regardless of a brand new regulation giving cities and counties new powers.
The Colorado Division of Public Well being and Surroundings mentioned Tuesday a regulation handed this 12 months 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 mentioned the discover wasn’t aimed toward any particular native authorities, though Weld County has established an oil and gasoline division to control the trade. 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 trade and that drillers should comply with state guidelines.