Oil and Gas Drilling
Gov. John Hickenlooper and Rep. Jared Polis announced Monday a compromise on Colorado’s contentious fracking issue that’s dominated ballot measures, resulted in a lawsuit and spurred voter-approved bans on drilling.
A day after giving up on efforts to call a special legislative session on oil and gas drilling, Gov. John Hickenlooper appealed to the public Thursday to decry possible ballot measures to curb the industry.
State health officials approved a sweeping plan Sunday to reduce air pollution from oil and gas drilling, including the nation’s first statewide limit on methane emissions.
Oil and gas drilling is under review by lawmakers in Colorado, where lawmakers typically defer to state regulators on how drilling should be regulated.
The Bureau of Land Management is deferring the leasing of 20 parcels in western Colorado’s North Fork Valley for energy development.
Oil and gas drilling will be allowed again in Erie after the town agreed to let a temporary ban expire.
A dispute between Colorado communities and the oil and gas industry is subject of a compromise proposal due to state lawmakers Wednesday.
If any other Democratic Governor had used an oil and gas conference to announce new regulations and rules, they might have been booed off the stage, or at the every least, made to feel very uncomfortable. However, John Hickenlooper is no ordinary Democratic Governor.