Fall 2014 Edition
Blue Ribbon Oil and Gas Task Force Gets Underway
In August, Governor Hickenlooper announced the creation of the state
commissioned Blue Ribbon Oil and Gas Task Force. The Task force is
charged with making policy recommendations focused on state and local
regulations of oil and gas operations. The task force is comprised of an
equal number of representatives from affected communities, the
environmental community, civic organizations, agriculture, and the oil
and gas industry. The task force will make its policy recommendations in
late February 2015.
The creation of the task force was the result
of a compromise between two ballot initiative campaigns proposing both
pro- and anti-oil and gas amendments to the Colorado constitution. Rep.
Jared Polis was backing two of these initiatives. One would have given
local governments more control over oil and gas development within their
borders. The second initiative would have mandated a 2,000 foot setback
rule — keeping drill sites at least 2,000 feet from homes.
Additionally, the oil and gas industry was offering two ballot
initiatives that would have taken local control away from municipalities
and blocked communities attempting to regulate oil and gas operations
from receiving oil and gas tax revenues. Read more