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As Schuller Steps Down, What's Ahead For Colorado's Energy Industry?

Bente Birkeland
Tisha Schuller, the current executive in charge of the state's trade organization for oil and gas has accounced her departure from the position.

The executive director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Tisha Schuller, recently announced that she's leaving the state's largest trade organization for the energy industry.

In a statement released by COGA, Schuller said it was a "wild ride" and that she was honored to have represented the state's oil industry. While remaining in her position until the end of May, Schuller sat down to talk about the future of the industry and why she decided to leave her position.

Interview Highlights With Tisha Schuller

On The Biggest Challenge During A Tumultuous Time For Energy In Colorado

"I think the fact that the industry is in a state of constant evolution and we're in an environment that's constantly changing. So the expectations of communities have shifted radically over the last five years."

On Communicating With Opponents Of Energy Development Near Homes And Communities

"The most important thing is to really be listening and learning about those concerns, because they shift and they vary depending on what your experience with oil and gas is."

On The Eventuality Of Local Control Reaching A Statewide Vote

"I don't think so. I think that this is the conversation we're having right now, these six months. But five years ago we were talking about hydraulic fracturing disclosure, after that we were talking about ground water monitoring, and after that we were talking about air emissions."

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.
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