“It is fundamentally unconstitutional,” Salazar said of Initiative 97 while addressing the State of Colorado Energy Luncheon hosted by the
Initiative backers are trying to gather enough signatures ahead of an
Drillers currently must keep a distance of 500 feet from homes and 1,000 feet from schools. Salazar, voicing an opinion he said other mainstream
Another study from BTU Analytics in
The measure has the potential to cripple an industry that provides more than $31 billion a year in economic benefits in the state, including $434.7 million in property taxes, and supports nearly 233,000 jobs, according a study from the API.
Supporters of the initiative argue wider setbacks are necessary to protect public health and the environment, especially as drilling activity approaches more heavily populated areas in the state. A home explosion that killed two people last year in
Gerard questioned administration trade policies, arguing a 25-percent tariff on steel would cause the oil and gas industry great harm, given that German manufacturers provide much of the oil pipe used in the country.
Bernhardt talked about a proposal to reorganize the department’s various bureaus along the nation’s 12 major watersheds and locate more of its 70,000 employees closer to the areas they are responsible for.
Another topic was the opening of 18,000 acres near the
Noting a table full of Republican lawmakers in front of the stage, but no similar turnout of
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