PO Box 1070, Frankfort, KY 40602 Phone 502.875.2428, Fax 502.875.2845
Serving the People - to the Oil & Gas Industry Posted: February 24, 2003
House Bill 458, the oil and gas industry's effort to pre-empt any local regulation of the abuses caused by segments of the industry, is being rushed to a vote as early as today on the House floor. The bill is a pre-emptive strike by the industry to prevent Letcher County or other counties from acting to curb abuses, and would leave a gap in public protection since the state mines and minerals agency has failed to act to prevent or correct the abuse.
Even though the bill was reported to the Calendar only Friday and normally would be in Rules Committee for several days since the bill must have three readings, allowing for the filing of amendments, the bill is being rushed through the House and may be voted on today or tomorrow.
PLEASE CALL HOUSE LEADERSHIP AND INSIST THAT THE BILL BE RETURNED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE FOR MORE REASONED REVIEW DURING THE INTERIM, OR THAT THE VOTE BE DELAYED IN ORDER TO ALLOW FAIR DEBATE ON POSSIBLE AMENDMENTS.
CALL 1-502-564-8100 AND ASK FOR THE OFFICES OF REP. GREG STUMBO, REP. JOE BARROWS, REP. LARRY CLARK AND REP. JODY RICHARDS. ASK THAT THEY RETURN HB 458 TO COMMITTEE, OR AT LEAST DELAY THE VOTE IN ORDER TO ALLOW FULL AND FAIR CONSIDERATION OF AMENDMENTS. THE PUBLIC INTEREST SHOULD NOT BE SACRIFICED TO THE ADVANTAGE OF THE MOST ABUSIVE OF THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY, WHO STAND TO GAIN MOST BY FORBIDDING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FROM REGULATING WHERE THE STATE HAS FAILED TO DO SO.