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Thu February 26, 2015

Hickenlooper On The Work Of The Oil & Gas Task Force

Governor John Hickenlooper.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Reaction at the state capitol to work of the Oil and Gas Task Force was decidedly mixed. Members of the governor's own party called the effort a failure, one lawmaker even graded it an "F+."

The proposed recommendations are intended to mitigate the impacts of energy development near communities. While the task force wants local governments to be more involved in developing large drill sites, it stopped short of allowing cities and counties to adopt rules stricter than the state standards.

With the final nine recommendations to hit Governor John Hickenlooper's desk Feb. 27, what are his thoughts on the group's work and the backlash?

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Thu February 26, 2015

Lawmakers React To The Oil & Gas Task Force's Recommendations

Manager of State Government Affairs for ConocoPhillips in the Rocky Mountain Region and task force member Perry Pearce speaks during the groups final meeting Tuesday.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

After five months of meetings, and coming up with nine recommendations, the work of Governor John Hickenlooper's Oil and Gas Task Force is getting mixed reviews from lawmakers at the state capitol.

Among the critical voices is Democratic Senator Matt Jones of Longmont.

"What they were charged to come up with is strong community protections, they got an F+, they're talking about how it's really a B, it's not," Jones said.

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Thu February 26, 2015

Western Nebraska Disposal Well Proposal Raises Questions For Colorado Firm

Temporary drilling equipment marks the site of the proposed wastewater injection well in Sioux County, NE.
Courtesy NET Nebraska News

As oil and gas activity has proliferated in Colorado and Wyoming so has the amount of wastewater that is produced. In 2013, both states combined produced a little more than 2.4 billion barrels of wastewater. That kind of volume suggests that there's money to be made in disposal of produced water.

That's exactly what one Colorado-based company wants to do, but their plan to charge out-of-state oil companies to use their disposal site in Sioux County, Nebraska has hit a snag.

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Wed February 25, 2015

Oil And Gas Task Force's Work Ends With Nine Recommendations

Members of Coloradans Against Fracking line up to deliver health reports to members of the Oil and Gas Task Force.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

Votes have been tallied on over 50 proposals seeking to reduce conflicts between the public and the oil and gas industry. When it was all said and done, the Governor's Oil and Gas Task Force was able to send nine recommendations along. All passed with the two-thirds majority vote required.

One of the nine attempts to address the task force’s biggest charge -- finding compromise on whether local governments should be given more say when drilling is proposed near residential and urban areas, especially with larger multiwell operations.

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