Colorado: Debate shows some common ground, many differences on fracking regulation

Oil and gas drilling near schools and homes in Firestone, Colorado. Photo courtesy Shane Davis, Sierra Club, Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Oil and gas drilling near schools and homes in Firestone, Colorado. Photo courtesy Shane Davis, Sierra Club, Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Gov. Hickenlooper, Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones tackle tough questions in lively Denver session

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Despite a couple of interruptions by hecklers, Monday’s debate between Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones showed there may be some common ground for addressing the contentious issue of oil and gas drilling regulations.

Hickenlooper seemed to agree that the state could do more to address citizen concerns about health and quality of life impacts, and said that the venting methane from oil and gas drilling operations is an unacceptable waste.

But the lunchtime debate at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law also highlighted some of the conflicting views about the appropriate roles of local and state regulation, as well as larger questions about energy policies. Jones emphasized that Colorado residents want a clean, renewable energy future, while Hickenlooper touted natural gas as the fastest way to cut greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Continue reading

Colorado: Major green groups announce merger

Colorado Conservation Voters and Colorado Environmental Coalition to combine forces

A merger of two major environmental groups in Colorado was announced this week.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Two of Colorado’s major environmental groups hope to increase their political clout and social leverage with a merger.

The Colorado Environmental Coalition and Colorado Conservation Voters announced this week that they will combine forces to form a new organization, combining CEC’s strong policy, advocacy and organizing work with CCV’s focus on electing pro-environment candidates to public office and holding them accountable.

Both groups have a long history of collaborating on key environmental issues, working collectively at the State Capitol, and forging strategic partnerships to find success on a variety of levels. Continue reading

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