Energy secretary defends oil and gas rules in Colorado

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, in a letter to Colorado’s Governor, said that the federal government will take steps to protect consumers and encourage development of oil and gas in the state.

The statement is in response to the move by the state that limits oil and gas well construction

Hickenlooper’s administration released the following statement:

“The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s rules comply with all laws and the terms of the 1982 federal authorization for drilling in our state, and our citizens’ safety and health has always been a priority.

“We note that Governor Hickenlooper has written to President Trump urging him to provide meaningful regulatory relief for this industry. It is not clear how the administration intends to correct a decades-old federal license that was issued before present standards in place. We have asked for clarity, and remain concerned about the impact of these rules on the viability of Coloradans’ energy needs.”

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