DENVER, Oct. 18, 2017 - The Colorado Petroleum Council and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association filed a lawsuit against new regulations adopted by the City of Thornton. The regulations were designed to mitigate adverse effects related to oil and gas production, but the plaintiffs say those regulations could hurt jobs, raise energy costs to consumers, and hurt the state’s economy. “Strong environmental stewardship has produced comprehensive and effective natural gas and oil regulations here in Colorado,” said Colorado Petroleum Council Executive Director Tracee Bentley. “One of the major concerns we have with the city’s new regulations is that they overlook the latest scientific data and the current statewide oversight of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. A patchwork of conflicting city regulations is the wrong path for consumers and disregards the stakeholder process that Colorado is known for.” The City of Thornton Development Plan was revised on Aug. 31.
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