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Legislative Session 'Best Ever' for Colorado's Environment

May 7, 2007

This year's legislative session was one of the most environment-friendly ever, with over a dozen successful renewable energy bills alone. The General Assembly also passed measures protecting water quality and environmental resources in the face of increasing oil and gas development.

Elise Jones with the Colorado Environmental Coalition says there's a growing belief across the state that the environment needs to be protected.

“Very broad, diverse coalitions of sportsmen, conservationists, local governments, businesses came together to pass these very important bills.”

Many of those bills had to do with renewable energy or oil and gas development. Jones believes that the state has reached a 'tipping point' on energy issues.

“So there was huge push by people that live in the gas patch coming to the state capitol and saying 'Wait a minute! Let's make sure that the whole diversity of interests are protected as we move forward with developing our energy resources.’”

The legislature also passed bills to double the state's use of renewable energies, and to beef up staffing in the state's water quality monitoring and enforcement program.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO