Oil and GasThe oil and gas industry has been a major economic boon to the state of Colorado, providing many jobs and contributing greatly to the state’s economy. But common sense regulation is needed to guarantee the safety of our communities.
The oil and gas industry has been a major economic boon to the state of Colorado, providing many jobs and contributing greatly to the state’s economy. In addition, the affordability and relatively clean-burning properties of natural gas are helping transition America from an energy economy based on dirtier fossil fuels to one based on renewable energy.
For these reasons, I support the oil and gas industry and also the rights of mineral owners to develop their mineral rights. However, economic considerations and even property rights are subordinate to the health and safety of the public. Elected officials have no higher duty than to ensure the safety of their constituents.
To that end, I support common sense restrictions on oil and gas development in residential areas and public spaces. No one should have to worry about their child’s safety in their own backyard. As an independent, I promise to represent the public’s interest on this issue, and avoid even the appearance of favoritism toward special interests. I will accept no campaign contributions from either the oil and gas industry or from environment groups. This should not be a partisan issue. This is a common sense, public safety issue and I will treat it as one.