Ed Sealover – Reporter –Denver Business Journal – May 21, 2014
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper offered a new proposal to stakeholder groups on Thursday for a bill that would allow local governments to impose setbacks, regulate noise and impose the “most stringent environmental standards applicable” to oil and gas drilling, according to a copy of the plan given to the Denver Business Journal.
The proposal is an attempt to find whether oil and gas companies would be willing to compromise and back a local-control measure in the Legislature rather than battle a slew of proposed ballot initiatives that could give even more regulatory powers — including the power to ban drilling within borders — if they were to pass in November.
Intense talks on the subject have been underway for several weeks now.
An official with knowledge of the negotiations said the Democratic governor asked attendees of the two meetings on Thursday — one for oil and gas executives and the other for affected groups ranging from business organizations to environmentalists to local governments — to get back to him soon on which, if any, parts of the proposal are unacceptable to them.