The Colorado Senate endorsed Gov. Bill Ritter’s plan to overhaul the state’s oil and gas regulatory process.
The Senate approved House Bill 1341, which will expand and change the makeup of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to include environmental, wildlife, public health and landowner representatives.
The bill will reduce from five to three the number of industry voices while expanding the commission to nine members.
The seven-member panel is dominated by oil and gas
representatives, which critics say amounts to the industry regulating