The Hill Op-ed: EPA should follow Colorado’s lead regulating oil and gas

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) is about to set a national precedent of the best kind: He will sign a law putting Coloradans’ public health, safety and welfare first when the state considers whether and how to permit oil and gas production.

When the “Protect Public Welfare Oil And Gas Operations” bill becomes law, it will also reinforce municipalities’ right to govern the oil and gas industry as they do other industries. Hard as it may be to believe, in every other significant oil and gas producing state the oil and gas industry’s interests come first.

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Morning Consult Op-ed: Will President Trump Listen to Big Oil on Climate? It’s Good Business

At an energy industry conference held in Houston recently, several major oil companies made man-bites-dog news when they announced support for federal climate rules requiring them to cut methane pollution.

ExxonMobil, BP and Equinor all explicitly endorsed the direct regulation of this potent greenhouse gas. Royal Dutch Shell went even further by calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to not only preserve but strengthen methane pollution standards for oil and gas operations in the United States.

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