The current drive in Colorado to regulate the oil and gas industry through ballot initiatives is not the best approach to use, former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter said at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) this week, according to the Denver Post.
Voter initiatives have been tried in six Colorado municipalities. Votes in five of the municipalities resulted in moratoriums on fracking, according to the New York Times. A sixth ballot initiative was tried in Loveland, Co. this week, and voters narrowly defeated the moratorium, according to the Coloradoan. The initiative would have put a two-year moratorium on fracking within Loveland’s boundary lines.
CRED, a non-profit organization that seeks to educate Colorado residents about a variety of industry sectors in the state, is trying to get out a simple message regarding energy and the environment: it is possible to have both.
When those who represent the energy industry sit down together with environmentalists and really discuss the issues, what results is something acceptable to both sides, Jon Haubert, communications director of CRED, told Rigzone.
“Both sides might walk away a little unhappy that they didn’t get all they wanted, but both sides can walk away with something they can live with. We can protect the environment while producing energy at the same time,” Haubert said.
Current Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is trying to find a more balanced approach – an approach that Ritter said he supported, according to the Denver Post.
Two energy companies attending the CGI – Noble Energy Inc. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. – also support Hickenlooper’s efforts.
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