National and Colorado oil & gas organizations have welcomed the news of Governor Hickenlooper’s proposal. Alternative to a ballot initiative, Hickenlooper proposes to create a task force to develop recommendations that would reduce land use conflicts when oil and gas facilities are located near homes, schools, businesses, and recreation areas.
“The work of this task force will provide an alternative to ballot initiatives that, if successful, would have regulated the oil and gas industry through the rigidity of constitutional amendments and posed a significant threat to Colorado’s economy,” Hickenlooper said on August 4th in Denver. The oil and gas industry is critical to the overall economic health of our state, and short-sighted initiatives that threaten responsible energy production and undermine job creation do a disservice to Coloradans who want a more reasoned discussion.
The 18-member task force will put the matter in the hands of a balanced group of thoughtful community leaders, business representatives, and citizens who can advise the legislature and the executive branch on the best path forward. As Hickenlooper stated, “This could clear the path for a more balanced and inclusive conversation that will preserve Colorado’s leading role in America’s energy revolution.”