DENVER, Colo., June 13, 2014—The voice of Colorado small businesses today expressed its resounding opposition to a proposal being discussed that would give local governments more control over oil and gas production in the state.
“Colorado already has the most stringent oversight of oil and gas production of any state in the nation,” said Tony Gagliardi, Colorado state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, “so when someone wants to add an especially needless layer of regulatory authority, you can’t help but look for ulterior motives.”
NFIB, America’s voice of small business, has more than 7,000 small-business members in Colorado, and on their 2013 ballot, 84 percent were opposed to any restrictions on hydraulic fracking.
It’s been reported that Gov. John Hickenlooper is considering calling a special session of the Colorado Legislature to pass a proposal giving local governments more control in oil and gas regulations, and he is getting some support for the effort from a few business groups, because it might head off some multi-million-dollar November ballot initiatives.
“We already have a state oil and gas commission overseeing the nation’s most stringent regulations,” said Gagliardi, “so whose political agenda is being served by allowing 64 counties to add their layer of rules? We side with the Colorado Oil & Gas Association which, like NFIB, represents Main Street oil and gas companies that would bear almost the entire burden of this bad, and let me repeat – needless – idea.”
For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.
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