Tipton targets ‘unwieldy’ rules for businesses

Companies and individuals burdened by overreaching regulations should have an opportunity to ask Congress to intervene, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said Friday.

He is looking into legislation that would establish a joint committee of Congress that would have the ability to review, and perhaps scuttle, unwieldy regulations, Tipton said.

The freshman congressman, speaking to about 350 people at the Western Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association banquet at Two Rivers Convention Center, said the joint committee of recourse would be helpful “when regulatory bodies overreach.”

As it stands now, burdensome regulation can only be reversed by “the proverbial act of Congress,” Tipton said.

The Environmental Protection Agency is one of the most overreaching of agencies, Tipton said, pointing to a proposal from it that would require dairy farms to take steps to control and avoid milk spills.

The goal of the Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Program calls for farmers to have an oil spill prevention plan, according to the EPA, which considers milk, because of its butterfat content, as oil.

“This is an overreaching agency, and we have to pull it back in,” he said.

Tipton is looking at a “committee of recourse” as part of his effort to have Congress take into greater account the costs of regulation when considering new laws.

A “regulatory impact statement” should have status along with environmental impact statements, Tipton said.

Unrest in the Middle East, Tipton said, is a “wake-up call for America” and underscores the need for the United States to produce more of its own energy. He cited the need for continuing development of natural gas in Colorado.

Coal resources also should continue to be developed, he said, as part of an “all of the above” energy portfolio that includes solar, hydro, renewables and nuclear energy.

The Western Slope organization also recognized longtime member Max Krey, who began drilling for oil in the region in the 1950s, as a “Pioneer of the Piceance.”


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