Earlier this year the legislature passed, and Governor Polis signed into law, Senate Bill 181. The new law changes the mission of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from a responsibility to “foster” the industry to having to enact reasonable regulations to ensure the “protection” of public health, safety, and welfare, and the environment. The Commission will have to conduct
SLAPP stands for “strategic lawsuit against public participation.” But what is it, really? A SLAPP action is a lawsuit, brought without valid claims and not actually intended to win on the merits, but with the
The COGCC is supposed to prevent and mitigate impacts that might damage public health and safety, but only after taking into account cost-effectiveness and feasibility. What does that mean when the oil and gas industry is going through a period of contraction due to the low price of resources?