U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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Polis statement on Firestone home explosion investigation

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Washington, May 2, 2017 | comments

Boulder, Colo.: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement after learning that the April 17th Firestone home explosion was the result of an abandoned gas line that was not sealed properly. 

“Avoidable.  What occurred in Firestone, while devastating, was predictable because Colorado sadly does not have adequate protections against dangerous oil and gas developments in our neighborhoods.  The days where oil and gas profits are valued more than Coloradans’ safety, property, and quality of life needs to end.  I call upon the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to take immediate steps to protect the public and implement new standards to prevent disasters like this from happening in the future.  We cannot continue to delay local control, stricter safety standards, and greater setbacks,” Polis said. 

Polis serves as Vice Chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC).  He is a champion for the environment in Congress and an advocate for local control of oil and gas development.  He has written op-eds, introduced legislation to close oil and gas loopholes in the Clean Air Act, and has even testified before the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission.


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