The Colorado General Assembly last week passed legislation that prohibits fuel sales on public land. The state legislation not only reaffirms the federal law prohibiting commercial services at rest areas but also prohibits the sale of motor fuels from any taxpayer-subsidized property.
The Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association (CWPMA) said the bill addresses recent public-private partnerships where compressed natural gas (CNG) infrastructure is constructed on public property with a pipe extending onto adjacent public property for the purpose of contracting with a private entity to retail CNG. CWPMA said such agreements are allowing governmental entities to use the private sector's own taxpayer dollars to compete against them. CWPMA also argued that such arrangements impede private sector investment in alternative fuels infrastructure because of the complicit benefit such operations glean from tax-free personal property being utilized.
The bill now moves on to the Colorado Senate where it faces challenges from cities, counties and environmental groups.
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