Hickenlooper Makes Deal to Legislate Fracking

frackingGovernor John Hickenlooper says legislation should result next year from a commission he’s created to study hydraulic fracturing in Colorado.  The Democratic governor made the remarks yesterday after speaking to industry leaders at the annual Energy Expedition Summit in Denver.  Hickenlooper called for a commission to study fracking as a compromise to prevent four competing ballot proposals from being on the November ballot. Two would limit fracking, including increasing the distance between homes and rigs.  The pro-industry initiatives would require fiscal impact statements on future ballot questions regarding energy development, and prevent municipalities banning fracking from collecting state revenue that comes from drilling. Hickenlooper told industry officials he wanted those two questions on the ballot, but they needed to go because of the compromise.

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