August 30, 20171min850

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper this past week unveiled much-anticipated recommendations on oil and gas policy changes after an explosion caused by an abandoned flowline in Firestone killed two people and injured another this past April.

Though only time can ultimately tell how the governor fared with his seven recommendations, we like what we see so far. They are in line with our state’s longstanding tradition of stringent regulation of oil and gas while addressing the issues at the heart of April’s explosion.

Strengthening the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s flowline regulations, prohibiting future domestic gas taps, creating a nonprofit orphan well fund to plug and abandon orphan wells and providing refunds for in-home methane monitors are just some of Hickenlooper’s proposals aimed at making the people of Colorado safer while also allowing for the energy development many local economies in the state depend on, including ours.

We especially like refunds for in-home methane monitors.

Read more at The Greeley Tribune

August 20, 20171min1630

We don’t know what Sean Conway, Mike Grillos and Jordan Jemiola talked about during the nearly 300 phone calls between them in the past year on Conway’s taxpayer-funded cellphone.

But we do know this: There are an awful lot of dots that can be connected to conclude Conway sought undue influence through the two members of the Weld County Council before and during the council’s so-called audit of Weld commissioners and the audit of Conway’s niece by marriage, Clerk and Recorder Carly Koppes.

Grillos is a member of the Weld County Council, a board that is supposed to have oversight and be a watchdog of the county.

Conway is on the Board of Weld County Commissioners, supposedly being audited by a third-party auditor hired by the council.

Grillos was appointed as the council’s point person in January to oversee the audit.

Read more at The Greeley Tribune.