There’s concern drilling and fracking could soon be happening in Arapahoe County after the group Conservation Colorado released a map showing the oil and gas leases filed in the last five years.
Mineral owners would get compensation from local governments that restrict fracking under a bill being considered by Colorado lawmakers.
A coalition including conservationists and neighborhood activists is asking Denver’s mayor and City Council to block fracking in the city and the river valleys that supply its drinking water.
One-fourth of the 2015 legislative session is in the books, meaning the niceties are over and longer days await lawmakers.
Proposals to increase the required distance between houses and oil and gas wells probably won’t be among the recommendations a state task force presents to Gov. John Hickenlooper after backers said Tuesday they didn’t have the votes.
Gov. John Hickenlooper’s task force on oil and gas is discussing proposals to force energy companies to disclose all the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing.
Some Colorado lawmakers say cities that ban fracking should have to pay the owners of the mineral rights who are impacted, and the cost could run in the millions of dollars.
A legislative battle over fracking is looming in Colorado, with Republicans taking the stance that mineral owners should be compensated when a local government bans or restricts energy development.
In Greeley, where oil and gas perhaps has the greatest impact in Colorado, industry supporters and concerned citizens again raised their hopes and fears during a community meeting on Thursday.
Gov. John Hickenlooper’s task force on oil and gas drilling is holding two days of meetings in Greeley, six weeks before it’s due to make recommendations.