Environmental impacts from oil and gas drilling are at issue in new appointments to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. PHOTO FROM WIKIPEDIA VIA THE CREATIVE COMMONS.
Tug-of-war over oil and gas drilling will continue
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Among many other campaign promises and slogans, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper early in his term set a rather unrealistic goal of a 50 percent cut in the permitting time for new oil and gas wells.
Last week, Hickenlooper announced eight appointments to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, a board charged with overseeing responsible development of Colorado’s oil and gas natural resources.
The commission is supposed to balance efficient exploration and production of oil and gas resources and prevention of waste with protection of public health, environment and mineral owners’ rights.
“Different voices and a united spirit of collaboration are key to the success of the commission,” Hickenlooper said. “We are confident this group will help serve the industry, land owners and the environment well as it navigates through issues that are important to both the state’s economy and protection of Colorado’s beautiful landscapes.”
“Gov. Hickenlooper has repeatedly said he would ‘strike the right balance’ in overseeing the oil and gas industry,” said Elise Jones, Executive Director of the Colorado Environmental Coalition. “The jury is still very much out as to whether this set of appointments meets that important standard or whether instead the balance has shifted away from protecting Colorado’s air, water, wildlife and communities from the impacts of drilling. We will be watching closely and working hard to ensure that this new Commission upholds the Governor’s promise to the Colorado people.” Continue reading
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