Since SB 181 was signed into law on April 16, 248 drilling permits have been approved by the COGCC. These permits were approved even though no rules have been implemented to protect the health and safety of Coloradans who live in these areas. Instead, Jeff Robbins, the director of COGCC, drafted a framework of “15 Objective Criteria” to determine which wells can be approved without jepardizing the health of nearby residents. These criteria are not based on scientific studies but instead on a very subjective set of guidelines designed to keep the oil and gas industry happy and in business. This streamlined process sidesteps the intent and letter of SB181, adding a veneer of legitimacy to an end-run around the rule making process.