Colorado Mining Association chairman discusses environmental law at tea party meeting

— The Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots met Thursday at the Center of Craig, where guest speaker Jerry Nettleton discussed environmental law and regulation.

Nettleton, the chairman of the Colorado Mining Association, focused his presentation on the history of environmental law, its application and the cost of the regulation of those laws.

According to Nettleton, it cost the government $1.75 trillion to regulate environmental law in 2008, a mammoth number that to him demonstrates “regulators gone wild.”

He spoke about what can be done to help with these inefficiencies, including education, participation and active voting by residents.

“There are some benefits" to environmental regulation, he said. “But the flipside is you have to have regulations that take into account the economic side.”

Craig resident Craig Rummel also spoke at Thursday’s meeting, discussing his proposal to have all heads of household in Craig own a “modern sporting rifle,” an effort to grab the attention of the state Legislature, which he thinks has ignored Northwest Colorado for too long. Rummel talked about the possible time frame for his proposal being drafted, discussed and voted on by the city.

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