Colorado Concern 

February 16, 2015

Colorado Concern in the News

 

Tamra Ward

The Task Force convened by Governor Hickenlooper to consider whether changes should be implemented around oil and gas operations in Colorado will have its final meeting on Feb. 24.  The diverse group is charged with making recommendations for administrative, regulatory or legislative actions, all of which are required to receive a two-thirds vote of the panel's members to be considered as consensus recommendations.  The Task Force considered more than 100 proposals at its last two-day meeting.  Following that debate, key areas for further consideration in the group's final report include:

  • Creating a dispute resolution or mediation process between local governments and operators who can't reach agreement on their own.
  • Expanding the local government designee process.
  • Increasing the staff of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to boost inspections, permitting or working with local governments.
  • A health study on the effects of oil and gas operations.
  • Bringing the COGCC and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) together to study how to reduce oil- and gas-related truck traffic.
  • Creating a clearinghouse of information about the oil and gas industry.

 

As is always the case, the "devil" will be in the details of each of the final recommendations.  Colorado Concern will thoroughly review each measure before considering support or opposition.  That said, the areas outlined above appear on target and worthy of further discussion.  The looming question, regardless of the outcome of the Task Force's work and any subsequent activity to implement the proposals, is will such action be sufficient to keep individuals or organizations that are against energy development from filing a statewide ballot measure to ban the industry's activities?

 

To that point, last week the fracking wars arrived at Denver's City and County Building.  A coalition of 25 groups, many with national ties and anti-energy agendas, delivered a statement calling for our elected leaders to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing within the city limits. Denver has little production, but industry employees accounted for $1.5 billion in salaries in 2012, and the city received $17.9 million in oil industry-related corporate, personal sales, and commercial and personal property taxes, according to a 2014 University of Colorado study. Further, the oil and gas industry occupies about 20 percent of downtown office space, or about 4.5 million of the 22.3 million square feet of available space, according to a recent story in the Denver Business Journal.

 

Vital for Colorado, of which Colorado Concern is a member, sent the attached  letter to Mayor Hancock  thanking him for his comments regarding the importance of the industry, and urging him to oppose any energy ban.


As the final recommendations from the Task Force move through the process, and as local attempts to stop energy development arise, we will continue to engage in support of responsible energy development.  

 

Should you have questions about this issue, or any other measure moving through the Colorado General Assembly, please do not hesitate to contact me at tamra@coloradoconcern.com.

 

Warmly,

Tamra  

Tamra

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Monday, March 9: Colorado Concern Annual Membership Luncheon Featuring Governor John Hickenlooper

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Carriage House at the Governor's Mansion, 400 E. 8th Avenue.

Thursday, April 7: Colorado Concern Membership Networking Lunch Co-Hosted by David McReynolds and Blair Richardson

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East. 19th Avenue, Suite 400

 

Members in the News

 

Dan Ritchie  

University honors outstanding contributions at Founders Day

University of Denver Magazine: February 7

Features Dan Ritchie

 

DCPA Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members

Broadway World: February 12

Features Dan Ritchie

 

John Ikard  

CU Law School to host inaugural Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at Colorado Law Lecture

CU Boulder News & Events: February 7

Features John Ikard

 

Michael Martin  

Denver Business Journal: February 10

Features Mike Martin

 

Denver Business Journal: February 13

Features Mike Martin

 


Colorado Concern News Clips

 

Budget/TABOR

With taxpayer refunds in view, Colorado lawmakers debate TABOR

Denver Post: February 9

 

Denver Post: February 10

 

TABOR squeezing Colorado recovery

Cortez Journal: February 13

 

Development/Real Estate

Denver launches $10 million affordable housing fund

Denver Business Journal: February 9

 

Denver Business Journal: February 9

 

Scrapes are back in force, transforming Denver neighborhoods

Denver Post: February 9

 

Construction liability law under review in Colorado

Daily Journal: February 10

 

25-acre tech park planned in Arapahoe County

Denver Business Journal: February 10

 

Denver Business Journal: February 11

 

New households are set to tighten the vise on Denver housing

Denver Post: February 11

 

Construction-defects reform bill introduced in Colorado Senate

Denver Post: February 11

 

Senate bill to help Colorado conservation easement credit buyers dies

Denver Post: February 11

 

Urban-renewal bill passes first committee in Colorado Legislature

Denver Business Journal: February 11

 

Construction liability law under review in Colorado

KXRM: February 12

 

Westword: February 12

 

Denver Post: February 12

 

Metro Denver struggles with a record low supply of homes for sale

Denver Post: February 13

 

Gentrification, housing at the core of Denver's 2015 strategic plan

Denver Post: February 13

 

Fort Collins Coloradoan: February 13

 

Economy/Economic Development

Disagreement over tax incentives for Gaylord project in Aurora continues

Gazette: February 9

 

Denver Business Journal: February 13

 

Denver Business Journal: February 13

 

Education

Colorado superintendents are uniting in a fight for more funding for school kids.

The Denver Channel: February 6

 

Denver Public Schools is rewriting health goals, asking for input

Denver Post: February 9

 

Colorado considering lowering the bar for high school graduation

Denver Post: February 9

 

Guest Commentary Let's strive for education accountability 2.0

The Denver Post: February 9

 

Denver Business Journal: February 10

 

CSU celebrates Founders Day Wednesday

The Coloradoan: February 10

 

Colorado GOP pushes through "Parent's Bill of Rights"

The Denver Post: February 11

 

Colorado senator's bill aims to get youth out of foster care, into college

CPR: February 11

 

Colorado AG: State board of education cannot grant test waivers

Denver Post: February 11

 

Denver Business Journal: February 12

 

Denver Business Journal: February 12

 

Denver Post: February 13

 

Elections/Politics

Overhaul in order say ex-leg know-hows

The Colorado Statesman: February 6

 

Citizen Ballot Initiatives no Match for Corporate Counter-Spending

AllGov: February 9

 

Bipartisan House-Senate Israel Caucus hosts first gathering, Jerusalem screening

The Colorado Statesman: February 11

 

Colorado Springs ballot will have more than 20 candidates

Colorado Springs Gazette: February 12

 

Hearing to title possible vote on daylight saving time is next week

The Denver Post: February 12

 

Boulder DA's office investigating mail-ballot signature discrepancies

Longmont Times-Call: February 12

 

Ballot initiative would put Colorado on Daylight Savings Time year round

Examiner: February 13

 

Proposed Abortion Regulations Could Hurt GOP in Moderate Colorado Districts

RH Reality Check: February 13

 

Mayor Hancock returns raise - but only part of it, due to "oversight"

Denver Post: February 13

 

Despite criticism, few efforts to change Colorado's mail ballot law

The Denver Post: February 15

 

Energy

Scientist says it's 'prudent' for Colorado to prepare for climate change

CPR: February 9

 

Denver Post: February 10

 

With oil prices down, are layoffs inevitable?

Denver Business Journal: February 10

 

Colorado coal production slips to 20-year low

The Denver Post: February 11

 

Activists demand fracking ban in Denver; oil and gas backers say they're ready for a fight

Denver Business Journal: February 11

 

Pro-industry group says backers of Denver fracking pause "peddle fear"

Denver Post: February 11

 

Scientists urge deeper look at re-engineering climate to cool Earth

Denver Post: February 11

 

Colorado Senate votes to repeal Renewable Energy Mandate

Beaufort Observer: February 12

 

Denver Post: February 12

 

Denver Business Journal: February 12

 

Denver Business Journal: February 13

 

General Business

Sonnenberg: Agricutlure's voice will be heard in Colorado Legislature

Greeley Tribune: February 6

 

Repeal of Colorado anti-discrimination lawsuit bill receives first approval

Denver Business Journal: February 10

 

Denver Post: February 10

 

Taproom regulation efforts could spark battle between breweries, restaurants

Denver Business Journal: February 12

 

Denver Business Journal: February 13

 

Health Care

CO Health Institute CEO: Political will lacking to tighten immunization law

Chalkbeat Colorado: February 6

 

Colorado health insurance exchange needs $2.8M to handle call volume

Denver Post: February 9

 

Colorado school-based vaccine records provide incomplete picture

Denver Post: February 12

 

Denver Post: February 12

 

Immigration

Colo., N.M. lawmakers try to slam brakes on driver's licenses for illegal immigrants

Washington Times: February 13

 

Colorado Moves Closer To Immigrant License Showdown

CBS Local: February 13

 

Immigration

Colorado Moves Closer To Immigrant License Showdown

CBS Local: February 12

 

Denver Post: February 13

 

Labor/Employment

CPR: February 10

 

Denver Post: February 10

 

Denver Business Journal: February 10

 

Colorado gains 3,800 private-sector jobs in January, fewer than December

Denver Business Journal: February 12

 

Marijuana

Fewer regulatory measures as Colorado's pot industry matures

Denver Post: February 9

 

Colorado's pot tax tally has lessons for other states

Lake Wylie Pilot: February 11

 

6 weeks before voting on retail pot ban, Lyons hits legal snag

Boulder Daily Camera: February 11

 

State Data Isn't Specific About Legal Marijuana's Impact on School Students

Inewsnetwork: February 12

 

CPR: February 13

 

Transportation

Can mountain carpools ease the I-70 mess?

CPR: February 9

 

Denver Post: February 10

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