Speedier than Jesse Owens in the ‘36 Olympics, Democrats railroaded the Colorado legislature passed, by party-line vote, Senate Bill 181, a new law that will have a profound effect on oil and gas operations in that state. It replaces Proposition 112, which was rejected by 57 percent of the voters just five months ago.

Among other effects, the new law mandates the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to redirect its priorities from oil and gas production to protection of public health, safety and welfare, and gives local governments more control over drilling and production. Rather than hear it from me, here are reports from those who were closer to the action:

The Colorado Oil and Gas Association discusses the potential economic effects of the new law.

The Environmental Defense Fund celebrates what it sees as the benefits of the new law.

Frances Folin of Denver Law firm Snell and Wilmer comments on legal implications.

Enviro group Colorado Rising published these fears as Proposition 112 was being considered.

And a fact-check in response from Energy In Depth, published as SB 181 was being considered.

An evaluation by Greeley radio station KUNC of what might happen under the new law.

Alas, what’s done is done (except for the litigation). Enjoy this vision of the Colorado oil and gas industry, post-SB 181, as feared and predicted by mineral owners, oilfield workers, and producers.

Before we leave the perils of over-regulation, let’s go National …

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