Ed Sealover – Reporter-Denver Business Journal
None of Colorado’s four Republican gubernatorial candidates support Gov. John Hickenlooper’s current effort to give local governments more regulatory authority over drilling operations in exchange for U.S. Rep.Jared Polis yanking down his nine proposed regulatory ballot initiatives, with all of them saying that doing so would be, in essence, capitulating to the wealthy Democratic congressman.
Only one of the quartet — former U.S. Rep.Tom Tancredo — said that he would be open to some measure of local control on some oil and gas issues, while another, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, said he believes drilling restrictions already are too harsh and should be rolled back in order to boost the energy economy in Colorado.
The four men running in the June 24 primary offered their answers in response to a series of seven questions on business-related topics that I asked to each of them as they compete to take on Hickenlooper, a Democrat, in the general election.
Their responses will be explained in a series of stories this week that run online and in Friday’s print edition of the Denver Business Journal.
Hickenlooper has been working with oil and gas companies, business groups and Polis, D-Boulder, for several months now to come up with a compromise local-control bill that would give cities and counties more control over setbacks and noise but ban them from outlawing drilling within their boundaries.