One Republican member of a governor-appointed task force on oil and gas drilling says the panel is little more than political cover for state leaders who don’t want to deal with the controversial issue of fracking – and its spread into populated areas along the Front Range.
State lawmakers have already defeated several bills dealing with the controversial drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing this session. But a new executive order from Governor John Hickenlooper stands to put the issue in the spotlight once again. He’s created a new task force to examine the balance of power between local oil and gas regulations and state rules. The group holds its first meeting on Friday.
More than a dozen Colorado conservation groups are blasting Governor John Hickenlooper for touting the state’s oil and gas regulations in a radio ad sponsored by an industry trade group. KUNC's Kirk Siegler reports the groups sent a letter to the Democrat Monday taking issue with one part of the ad in particular.
There are several big ticket items yet to be tackled by state lawmakers including the state budget. KUNC’s state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland sat down with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to talk about the session so far and some of his top priorities.