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What's Next Politically For Oil & Gas In Colorado?

Mar 3, 2015

Governor John Hickenlooper's oil and gas task force recently proposed nine recommendations to try and easy concerns for people living near energy development, but it did not vote to give local communities more control over oil and gas drilling.

The big question on everyone's mind now: What's next for the state Legislature and for a possible anti-fracking initiative going before voters in 2016?

Hickenlooper On The Work Of The Oil & Gas Task Force

Feb 27, 2015

Reaction at the state capitol to work of the Oil and Gas Task Force was decidedly mixed. Members of the governor's own party called the effort a failure, one lawmaker even graded it an "F+."

The proposed recommendations are intended to mitigate the impacts of energy development near communities. While the task force wants local governments to be more involved in developing large drill sites, it stopped short of allowing cities and counties to adopt rules stricter than the state standards.

With the final nine recommendations to hit Governor John Hickenlooper's desk Feb. 27, what are his thoughts on the group's work and the backlash?

After five months of meetings, and coming up with nine recommendations, the work of Governor John Hickenlooper's Oil and Gas Task Force is getting mixed reviews from lawmakers at the state capitol.

Among the critical voices is Democratic Senator Matt Jones of Longmont.

"What they were charged to come up with is strong community protections, they got an F+, they're talking about how it's really a B, it's not," Jones said.

Out on Oklahoma's flat prairie, Medford, population about 900, is the kind of place where people give directions from the four-way stop in the middle of town.

It seems pretty sedate, but it's not. "We are shaking all the time," says Dea Mandevill, the city manager. "All the time."

The afternoon I stopped by, Mandevill says two quakes had already rumbled through Medford.

"Light day," she laughs. But, she adds, "the day's not over yet; we still have several more hours."

Mandevill may be laughing it off, but Austin Holland, the state seismologist, isn't.

Residents of Denton, Texas, voted Tuesday to ban hydraulic fracturing in the city.

According to unofficial results posted on the city's website, 58.64 percent of voters supported banning the controversial drilling method that is also called fracking; 41.36 percent voted against the proposition. It's the first time a city in the energy-friendly state has voted to ban fracking.

The vote is expected to be challenged, but Mayor Chris Watts said he would defend the ban.

North Fork Valley
Laura Palmisano

The United States is the world’s largest oil and natural gas producer. North Dakota and Texas are experiencing an oil boom. And many other states are seeing natural gas production increase through hydraulic fracturing.

Colorado has nearly 53,000 active wells. But, the state’s energy boom is a source of tension. 

The Colorado Oil & Gas Association has dropped its lawsuit against the city of Longmont.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has announced a last-minute compromise to avert a costly political battle over oil and gas drilling. As Dan Boyce of Inside Energy reports, the deal is meant to find a solution to disputes related to fracking — but it also serves the political interests of Colorado Democrats.

In a news conference Monday Governor John Hickenlooper, alongside Democratic Congressman Jared Polis and other supporters, announced a deal on local control for oil and gas, heading off a showdown on the November ballot.

"Hello. Are you registered to vote in Colorado?"

It's a refrain many in the state have grown to loathe this summer — heard outside their favorite grocery store or shopping mall as signature gatherers race toward an Aug. 4 deadline to put four energy-related measures on the November ballot.

With two of those measures backed by environmentalists, and the other two by industry-supported groups, all of the energy talk is leading to confusion among potential voters.

Governor John Hickenlooper has formally pulled the plug on the possibility of a special legislation session to consider stricter rules for the oil and gas industry. Hickenlooper said there weren't enough stakeholders on board for a bipartisan solution.

The word “fracking” has come to mean drilling in general for oil and gas-- and a major concern for communities and environmentalists in Colorado and elsewhere.In reality the process of hydraulic fracturing is a specialized procedure used to create cracks in shale deposits thousands of feet underground which in turn releases trapped natural gas.  There are hundreds of fracked wells in Garfield County. Often you can see them from the highway.  Recently Aspen Public Radio got a tour of a fracking operation run by WPX Energy near Parachute.  Hear the story by APR's Elise Thatcher below.  See a slideshow of photographs of the rig by APR's Roger Adams HERE.

KVNF Candidate Interview: Mark Udall

Jul 2, 2014
mark udall
Laura Palmisano

Editor's Note: This story aired in July and was rebroadcast in October. 

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., campaigned in Montrose at a voter meet-and-greet Tuesday. 

Udall faces Republican challenger Cory Gardner in a hotly contested race that could decide which party controls the Senate. 

KVNF's Laura Palmisano was at the event and brings us this candidate interview. 


Udall Campaigns On Western Slope, Talks Fracking

Jul 2, 2014
Mark Udall
Laura Palmisano

Voters in Montrose met with U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) at a campaign event Tuesday. 

Loveland voters will soon become the sixth Front Range community to weigh restrictions on hydraulic fracturing. The June 24, 2014 special election asks voters to decide whether to impose a two-year moratorium on fracking, the process of pumping sand, water and chemicals that are proprietary to oil companies into the ground to extract resources.

Headlines

  • Private Gun Sales affected by New Background Check Law
  • US Fish & Wildlife Says BLM Sage-Grouse Plan is Too Weak
  • Bross was First Luxury Hotel in Delta County
  • Pataognia CEO Defends Company's Stance on Fracking
  • Western Governors Launch Wildlife Mapping Project

Colorado Oil And Gas Lawsuits Draw Critical Response

Dec 10, 2013

Colorado’s energy industry trade group is now involved on three fronts with lawsuits over voter approved fracking bans or moratoriums. The latest move involved the announcement of suits against Lafayette and Fort Collins.  

Headlines

  • CPW Researchers Conducting Backcountry Flyovers
  • Some Miners Near Ouray Helping with Accident Investigation
  • Future of Coal Uncertain as Tennessee Valley Authority Cuts Production
  • Three Colorado Cities Facing Lawsuits Over Fracking Bans
  • Historic Schoolhouse Spurred Modern Women's Club

Post-Election, Oil And Gas Industry Steps Up Outreach

Nov 24, 2013

Colorado’s Energy industry is continuing to make the case that hydraulic fracturing is safe and a critical part of the state’s economy.

Headlines

  • El Paso County Sheriff Disputes Statements about Black Forest Fire
  • Grand Junction Airport Launching its Own Probe into Fraud Allegations
  • Fate of Broomfield Fracking Moratorium Put on Hold
  • Debate over Greater Sage Grouse Continues in western Colorado
  • US Fish & Wildlife Won't List Gunnison Prairie Dogs as Threatened/Endangered

Headlines

  • State Finalizes Grants for Rural Movie Theaters
  • Last of 4 Anti-Fracking Measures on Front Range Narrowly Passes, Recount Likely
  • Mesa County School District Seeing More Students Expelled for Pot
  • Over 3700 Enrolled in Colorado's New Health Exchange
  • Compromise Reached Between Ski Areas, BLM & Forest Service Over Water Rights Bill
  • Increased Fines for Truckers on Independence Pass Moving Forward

Headlines

  • State Lawmakers to Review Bills on Water, Wildfire, & Poverty
  • Ruptured Pipe Leaks Contaminated Water at Cañon City Uranium Mill
  • Pitkin County Tracking Changes to Forests
  • Republican Lawmakers Criticize Patagonia's Involvement in Fracking Debate

Headlines

  • Republican Voters Turn Out in Higher Numbers So Far
  • Delta County Schools Superintendent Says Amendment 66 Would Help District
  • Arch Coal Reports Lower-than-Expected Losses for Third Quarter
  • US Rep. Scott Tipton Criticizes EPA on Proposed Fracking Regulations
  • Over $100,000 Flows Into Telluride Soda Tax Debate

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, October 21, 2013

Oct 21, 2013

Headlines:

  • Debate Over Pot Taxes Continues as State Prepares for Retail Sales
  • Mesa County Officers Seize 92 Pounds of Marijuana During Traffic Crackdown
  • State Regulators Set to Enforce Fracking Rule Violations
  • West Elk Mine attains safety milestone.
  • Sounds of the High Country from KDNK –Bonnie-Sue Hithcock on the Front Range Floods

Headlines

  • Cedaredge Man Commits Suicide Hours Before Sentencing for Manslaughter Charges
  • Permits for Oil and Gas, Mining Delayed by Government Shutdown
  • "Personhood" Question to Appear on 2014 State Ballot
  • American Sheep Industry Sees a Long, Slow Decline
  • Oil and Gas Industry Critics Gather in Glenwood Springs

Industry, Critics Gear Up for Post-Flood Fracking Fight

Sep 27, 2013
Bente Birkeland/RMCR

In November, voters in several Front Range communities will consider whether to ban or delay fracking. Many of these same areas are also recovering from September's devastating flooding.

There's renewed attention on the fight over fracking thanks to Colorado's flooding. Recent figures show that 12 spills have polluted the South Platte with 37,000 gallons of oil.

Both sides of the debate were out in full force during a recent community festival for the city of Broomfield. Voters there will decide whether to pass a five-year fracking moratorium.

Headlines

  • Crowds Gather for Marijuana Giveaway, Tax Protest in Denver
  • Colorado Lawmakers Facing Recall Elections Today
  • Two Men Sentenced to Prison after Seeking Sex with Children in Grand Junction
  • Secret Report on James Holmes' Mental Health Delivered to Legal Teams
  • KDNK's Sounds of the High CountryJosh Zaffos on Fracking
  • Voers in Five Colorado Communities May See Fracking Questions

  • Grazing Permit Owners Advise BLM Not to “Micro-Manage” Public Lands
  • Oil and Gas Industry Hoping to Shift Dialogue on Fracking
  • Former Delta County Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Sexually Abusing a Child
  • Colorado West Nile Death from 2012 Linked to Tainted Blood Transfusion
  • University of Colorado Contest Will Send Haiku to Mars
  • Cleanup of Tanker Spill on Loveland Pass Could Take Weeks
  • North Fork Citizens Rally to find Homes for Abandoned Chickens

  • KDNK’s Sounds of the High Country – Life in the Baaken Oil Fields
  • US Fish & Wildlife, BLM Dispute Desert Plant Habitat
  • Thousands of Colorado Children May Be Denied State-Funded Preschool
  • Oil and Gas Leaders Discuss Innovation and Controversy in Denver
  • BLM to Reevaluate Air Pollution Effects of Garfield County Wells
  • Garfield County Commissioners Support Sheriffs’ Lawsuit

 

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Jul 17, 2013

Headlines:

  • Anti-fracking Protestors Gather at Democratic Governors’ Association Meeting in Aspen
  • Mark Udall Calls Senate Hearing on Predicted Colorado River Shortages
  • State Audit Committee Seeking Answers from Federal Broadband Project
  • Director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife Joins Vails Resort Company
  • US Fish and Wildlife Gives More Time for Decision on Protecting Birds
  • Flour Milling Company to Make its Headquarters in Colorado

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