Legislative Briefs…


SB 165 moves quickly through legislative process.

SB 165 specifies that no water well permit will be required for the use of nontributary/non-CBM water produced from oil & gas wells if that water is being used by oil & gas operators within the geologic basin where the groundwater is removed to facilitate or permit the mining of minerals.  Language was added in the House to specify that permitting determinations pursuant to this bill neither confer a water right nor preclude determination of a water right by the water court.

The bill also extends the well permitting and substitute water supply plan compliance deadlines established in HB09-1303 from March 31, 2010 to August 1, 2010 in order to give the State Engineer time to process all of the permits that are expected to be submitted.  Water well permit applications for current oil & gas wells must be submitted before April 30, 2010.  The bill has one more vote in the House before it goes back to the Senate for confirmation.

HB 1113 passes House Transportation and Energy Committee unanimously on Thursday, March 4th.

This measure will be a type 2 transfer of the Ports of Entry from the Department of Revenue to the Colorado State Patrol. CFB is actively supporting this bill and has clear policy stating our desire for this shift back to the CSP. Gary Hall, Elbert County Farm Bureau President, testified in support of HB 1113 on behalf of Colorado Farm Bureau stating the necessity for the transfer to help gain uniformity and consistency for the trucking industry across the state.

Farm Bureau would like to thank Rep. Buffie McFadyen (D-West Pueblo) for bringing this bill forward. CFB will continue to work with the proponents of this bill as it moves on through the House.

HB 1188 – Right to Float scheduled for March 17.

The controversial right-to-float bill has been scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee for March 17.  Watch for more information.  Keep up the good work and contact your Senators asking for a NO vote.

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  1. […] From The Pulse – Of Colorado Farm Bureau (Garin Vorthmann): The controversial right-to-float bill has been scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee for March 17. Watch for more information. Keep up the good work and contact your Senators asking for a NO vote. […]

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