Oil and gas execs plan more public outreach, even without ballot battle

Picture of ConocoPhillips Drill Rig drilling in the Niobrara Play - Image Credit ConocoPhillps

Picture of ConocoPhillips Drill Rig drilling in the Niobrara Play – Image Credit ConocoPhillps

 – Reporter – Denver Business Journal

The massive effort to communicate the technicalities of the oil and gas industry to Colorado voters isn’t finished, despite the end of a looming campaign fight over ballot initiatives this fall, according to oil and gas executives.

A deal proposed Monday by Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis gives the industry and its opponents at least two years of breathing room on the issue before the 2016 election.

“I’m hoping that this big step back gives space to everyone involved,” said Fred Krupp, the president of Environmental Defense Fund, during a panel Tuesday at the Colorado Oil & Gas Association’s(COGA) annual Rocky Mountain Energy Summit conference taking place Tuesday through Thursday at the Colorado Convention Center

“It is bringing all the constituents together to find a solution to something we need to address — we need to address the issue of surface impacts and underground mineral rights, and we need to do it in a way that will earn the trust of those that we work around,” said Charles Davidson, the CEO and chairman of Noble Energy Inc., who also spoke during a panel Tuesday at COGA’s conference.

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