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Moratoriums and Community Rights. The Precautionary Principle At Work. The Precautionary Principle. "The time to ensure the impacts on public health are properly considered is before a state permits drilling .”.

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Moratoriums and community rights
Moratoriums and Community Rights

The Precautionary Principle At Work

The precautionary principle
The Precautionary Principle

"The time to ensure the impacts on public health are properly considered is before a state permits drilling.”

Nirav Shah, M.D., Commissioner for New York Department of Health on Reason for Statewide Moratorium

The legislature mandated a precautionary approach
The Legislature Mandated A Precautionary Approach

“responsible, balanced development, production, and utilization of the natural resources of oil and gas in the state of Colorado. . .

. . .in a manner consistent with protection of public health, safety, and welfare, including protection of the environment and wildlife resources.”

Colo. Rev. Stat. § 34-60-102(1)(a)(I)

If The Second Part Is Not Met, Neither Is The First

The opposite of precaution issue rules first
The Opposite Of PrecautionIssue Rules First

“These Setback Rules are not intended to address potential human health impacts associated with air emissions related to oil and gas development.”

COGCC Final Setback Rules (Adopted 2/11/13) at p.2.

Moratoriums and community rights

Study Health Effects Later

“The Commission, after consulting with CDPHE, believes that there are numerous data gaps related to oil and gas development’s potential effect on human health and that such data gaps warrant further study.”

Moratoriums and community rights

Feedback In Colorado


Boulder County

City of Boulder

Fort Collins



Colorado Springs


Local Control Initiatives

Moratoriums and community rights

Feedback Across The Nation

New York Moratorium

Dryden, NY Case

Vermont Ban

Pennsylvania Case

Pittsburgh Ban

Los Angeles Moratorium

Texas Jury Verdict

Moratoriums and community rights

If The State Won’t Protect The Public

Local Governments Have That Power

Moratoriums and community rights

If Local Governments Won’t Protect The Public

The People Have The Right And The Power

To Protect Themselves

Colorado Constitution Art. II, Sec. 3;

Art. V, Sec. 1