The Latest On: Rocky Mountain
Mike Freeman, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Regional Office, Earthjustice: “Senate Bill 181 was a sea change in the law. The commission’s duty is to protect public health, safety and welfare and to ensure that any approvals of oil and gas operations are done subject to protection of those values.”
Mike Freeman, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Regional Office, Earthjustice: “The public is watching to see if the commission is willing to stop letting companies drill near people’s homes. The answer to that question will have a lot to do with whether SB 181 is ultimately a success.”
Mike Freeman, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Regional Office, Earthjustice: “The state’s current setback is 500 feet, about one city block. No one wants oil and gas operating one block from their home. We wouldn’t let a factory or refinery set-up shop next to someone’s house.”
Heidi McIntosh, Managing Attorney, Rocky Mountain Regional Office: "Utah law prohibits the use of public funds for private use."
Robin Cooley, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: "The judge in California recognized that the federal government has an obligation to the public and that they have to consider things like climate change and public health."