Opposition grows to Hickenlooper’s local control compromise on oil and gas

Colorado State Capitol

Colorado State Capitol

 – Reporter – Denver Business Journal –   June 9, 2014

Several Colorado business groups — and grassroots anti-fracking activitists — say Gov. John Hickenlooper’s latest proposal to give local governments more control over oil and gas operations raises concerns for a variety of reasons.

Chief among those reasons is that the proposal was crafted by a very small group and didn’t take into account how it would affect the wider business community or citizens living near drilling rigs, according to the business groups and grassroots organizations.

“Our understanding is that decisions may be made very quickly, and we continue to express our concern that decisions thus far have not fully considered the lasting and very real consequences to our industries,” said a letter to Hickenlooper dated June 8 that was signed by eight business and agriculture groups.

“We still have not, despite our request being made more than two weeks ago, been invited to participate in a full stakeholder process,” the letter said.

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