By Mark Jaffe – The Denver Post – July 3, 2014
In the battle to strike a compromise on local control of oil and gas drilling, Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday picked up the support of 17 homebuilders and developers.
Hickenlooper is trying to broker a consensus bill to block a set of local control initiatives from getting on the November ballot.
The ballot measures are being backed by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, who has said he is open to a compromise.
In the most recent draft, language was added to protect developers’ subdivision plats.
“While not perfect, it is workable,” wrote Larry Mizel, CEO of Denver-based M.D.C. Holdings.
Mizel wrote on behalf of Miami-based Lennar Corp., one of the nation’s largest homebuilders.
“This legislative solution balances needs of local government, industry and surface owners,” Mizel’s letter said.
The Colorado Association of Homebuilders has been critical of the governor’s efforts.
The Colorado Petroleum Association, one of the state’s major trade groups, has opposed the compromise. The other trade group, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, opposed one draft proposal, but has not taken a position on the administration’s most recent draft.
The governor has gotten support from seven oil and gas companies, including three of the four largest Front Range producers.