Lights Out for Energy Office After Democrats Drop the Ball

DENVER -- Colorado State Senator Ray Scott (R-Grand) released the following statement today, after his effort to reauthorize and reinvent Colorado's Energy Office failed in the waning hours of the 2017 legislative session. Scott's Senate Bill-301 gained bipartisan support from a handful of Senate Democrats, but the unwillingness of House Democrats to compromise on nearly all key provisions tanked the bill in a disappointing finale to the session.

Included in the Senate version was a provision requiring the statewide tracking and integrity testing of gas well feeder lines, which comes in response to a deadly recent home explosion in Firestone, Colorado. Scott said he was "completely blown away by the fact that Democrats who made so much of gas line safety just days ago would let a bill that helps address the issue die today."

"We sent the House a reasonable, bipartisan proposal for reauthorizing and reviving an inactive, adrift, barely-functional state energy office, with the aim of promoting an all-of-the-above energy policy that benefits both consumers and producers," a frustrated Scotts Said Wednesday night, "but extremists in the other chamber apparently would rather have the office go away than see it evolve into something better. This was a great opportunity missed because of a rigid, our-way-or-the-highway mindset among some in the other party."

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