Town of Berthoud Trustees Endorse SB 19-181
On March 26, 2019, the Board of Trustees of the Town of Berthoud approved a resolution urging the state legislature to support SB 19-181, the Protect Public Welfare Oil and Gas Operations bill, by a 6-1 vote. The resolution, as read by Mayor Pro-Tem, Jeff Hindman, emphasizes the importance of environmental issues and public safety, and supports giving equal weight to these issues when evaluating new oil and gas development in Colorado. Much of the discussion at the meeting centered on the importance of supporting Colorado’s oil and gas industry and its great impact on the State’s economy while still allowing for additional local oversight by municipal governments within their boundaries.
As a statutory city, the Berthoud’s ability to regulate oil and gas activities is determined by the state law. However, SB 19-181 will allow for more “reasonable and necessary” local control by the Town of Berthoud over oil and gas activity within the Town boundaries. The Colorado Municipal League, a membership organization that represents all of Colorado’s cities and towns in the state legislature, also supports SB 19-181.