Politics

4:30am

Mon March 2, 2015
Capitol Conversation

What's Next Politically For Oil & Gas In Colorado?

Stephen Butler Flickr - Creative Commons

Governor John Hickenlooper's oil and gas task force recently proposed nine recommendations to try and easy concerns for people living near energy development, but it did not vote to give local communities more control over oil and gas drilling.

The big question on everyone's mind now: What's next for the state Legislature and for a possible anti-fracking initiative going before voters in 2016?

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5:37pm

Thu February 26, 2015
Politics

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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5:38am

Thu February 26, 2015
Politics

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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3:16am

Thu February 26, 2015
It's All Politics

On Net Neutrality, Republicans Pitch Oversight Rather Than Regulation

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 7:37 am

Republicans in Congress are no fans of FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler's "net neutrality" plan.
Jose Luis Magana AP

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote Thursday morning to put more stringent regulations on Internet providers.

Backers, including many tech firms and the Obama administration, say the net neutrality rules will ensure equal access to the net for content providers. But Republicans in Congress are no fans of FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler's plan.

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7:47am

Wed February 25, 2015
Politics

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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