Colorado Concern 

March 2, 2015

The Week in Review

 

Tamra Ward

To the statewide ballot in 2016, or not, that is the question.

 

Last week the Governor's Oil and Gas Task Force completed its assignment and forwarded nine recommendations to our state's chief executive on how to better regulate the industry, with a focal point on taking into account the concerns of local governments and citizens in proximity to drilling operations.  The 21-member panel of industry, environmental, surface-use advocates, local government and civic leaders spent six months wrestling with the issues of oil and gas development and its interface with urban landscapes, and the panel should be commended for its thoughtful and even-handed approach to bettering what are already the strongest rules and regulations in the country.

 

A copy of the final report and recommendations, the majority of which can be implemented through the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), can be found here.  Three measures will require legislative action; two call for increased funding for staffing and oversight, and one is related to a rules review bill.

 

As implementation and legislative discussions begin, the looming question is:  Will these actions be sufficient to keep a credible and financed proposal banning the energy industry off the statewide ballot?  As the Task Force was completing its work a group called Coloradans Against Fracking held a press conference noting their disappointment with the outcome of the group's efforts. This effort is funded by a national environmental group - Food and Water Watch - which was engaged in the measures under consideration in 2014.  Their litmus test for a successful outcome of the Task Force was a ban on hydraulic fracturing - a proposal never under consideration. Next steps for the group?  A spokesperson for the group stated they intend to take the issue to voters in an upcoming statewide election should the Governor not take action to stop the extraction process.  Will they proceed?  We must prepare as if they will.  To that end, Colorado Concern will work with industry and our business  community partners to support the efforts of the Task Force, as well as prepare for a showdown at the ballot box if need be.  Colorado's economic future is at stake, and we will stand strong to ensure no harm comes to our state.

 

Should you have questions about the work of the Oil and Gas Task Force, the ballot issue process or any other issue under consideration at the State Capitol this session, please do not hesitate to contact me at tamra@coloradoconcern.com.

 

Warmly,

Tamra  

Tamra

Colorado Concern Legislative Tracking

 

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Colorado Concern Upcoming Events
 

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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  

Denver Center for the Performing Arts hires new CEO

The Denver Post: February 25

Features Dan Ritchie


Denver Post: February 23   

Denver Post: February 24 
 

Economy/Economic Development

Denver Business Journal: February 25

 

Denver Post: February 25

 

Denver Post: February 26

 

Revised Colorado numbers show more jobs added in 2014

Denver Business Journal: February 26

 

Education

Colorado GOP reverses course on academic standards, tests

Denver Post: February 23

 

Denver Post: February 23

 

Denver Post: February 25

 

Concurrent enrollment is something the Colorado Legislature got right

Fort Morgan Times: February 26

 

Student protest leaders in Colorado see ripple effects, aim for bigger changes

Chalkbeat Tennessee: February 27

 

Elections/Politics

Colorado Legislature calls a snow day

Denver Business Journal: February 23

 

Drones, powdered alcohol keeping legislators busy

The Coloradoan: February 23

 

Denver Post: February 24

 

Lawmakers try to kickstart crowdfunding investment in Colorado

Denver Business Journal: February 26

 

Regis Groff memorialized at state Capitol

The Colorado Statesman: February 27

 

After midterm autopsy, Colorado and national Democrats scramble to realign message

The Colorado Statesman: February 27

 

Balance of Power: Bennet's chances, Hickenlooper's bargain

9NEWS: March 1

 

Energy

Colorado fracking opponents plan drive to put ban on ballot

Washington Times: February 24

 

As Colorado oil and gas task force finishes, obstacles remain

The Denver Post: February 24

 

Denver Post: February 24

 

Denver Business Journal: February 25

 

Denver Post: February 25

 

Colorado PUC approves higher electricity rates for Xcel customers

Denver Business Journal: February 25

 

New coalition seeks statewide ban on fracking in Colorado

Denver Business Journal: February 25

 

Group Backs off Plan to Put Fracking Ban on Colorado Ballot

ABC News: February 26

 

Mixed Reactions to Colorado Task Force Decision

Oil & Gas 360: February 26

 

Colorado task force recommendations likely to spawn legislative oil and gas regulatory efforts

Denver Business Journal: February 26

 

Colorado oil and gas task force recommendations disappointing for many

Denver Business Journal: February 26

 

Ballot proposal to ban fracking in Colorado in 2016? Not yet

Denver Business Journal: February 26

 

Fracking Task Force Proposals Sets the Starting Bell for Ballot Issues

CBS Local: February 27

 

Governor: Oil, gas rules must protect mineral owners' rights

Greeley Tribune: February 28

 

General Business

Colorado Senate bill helps rural communities promote agritourism

Craig Daily Press: February 23

 

Denver Post: February 23

 

Powdered alcohol ban now before GOP Senate

KOAA: February 24

 

Denver Business Journal: February 24

 

Aurora appeals Gaylord lawsuit loss; Mayor Hogan responds to Stapleton letter

Denver Business Journal: February 25

 

Denver Post: February 25

 

Guest Commentary Colorado and other states don't need a Palcohol ban

The Denver Post: February 26

 

Agritourism: A promising economic success story for Colorado

The Colorado Statesman: February 27

 

Health Care

Denver Business Journal: February 24

 

Dems stop bill seeking oversight of Colorado health exchange bonuses

The Denver Post: February 27

 

Immigration

Denver Post: February 24

 

Denver Post: February 25

 

Labor/Employment

Guest Commentary The wage equity issue is overblown

The Denver Post: February 24

 

TJ Maxx, Marshalls to follow Wal-Mart in raising pay

Denver Post: February 26

 

Marijuana

Pot bank decision appears headed to Fed board

Denver Post: February 23

 

83 Degrees Media: February 24

 

CannLabs, Inc. to Create Custom Content Channel on theCannabist.co

CNNMoney: February 25

 

New CO report describes, in detail, retail pot's first year

The Cannabist: February 27

 

Taxes

Colorado legislators back data center tax breaks - for now

Denver Business Journal: February 27

 

Transportation

Boulder Daily Camera: February 23

 

Denver Business Journal: February 23

 

Denver Business Journal: February 23

 

LEGISLATIVE REPORT: J. Paul Brown, on the State of Our State Highways

Pagosa Daily Post: February 24

 

Colorado bill requires good tread, chains on I-70 passenger vehicles

The Denver Post: February 26

 

Denver Post: February 26

 

Denver Post: February 26

 

Can tire law help traffic flow?

Vail Daily News: February 28

 

Telecommunications

Dish CEO Joe Clayton to step down; Charlie Ergen to step back in

Denver Business Journal: February 23

 

Denver Post: February 24

 

Water

Denver Post: February 24

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