Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMay 11, 20186min638

Democrats and Republicans working together, conservationists and industry jointly testifying in support of legislation, and progress for the state of Colorado and its citizens. It’s hard to believe given the political discord that dominates our airwaves, but it actually happened. In fact, more than once. With what seems to be the media hot-button topic of late: oil and natural gas development.

Mark JaffeMark JaffeMarch 15, 20184min510

A bill to focus and enhance reporting of oil and gas industry spills and accidents cleared the House Transportation Energy Committee Wednesday over the objections of the oil and gas industry. The bill, House Bill 1157, passed with the committee’s eight Democrats voting for it and the five Republicans opposing it. The lesigation is a copy of the reporting rules for Utah, according to State Rep. KC Becker, D-Boulder, the bill’s sponsor.


Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 3, 20183min2575

The oil and gas industry gets kicked around by community activists who don’t like fossil fuels or their operations nearby, but there is a great upside to the industry. It rains tax revenue on the state and local communities alike, generates jobs and gives politicians another thing to argue about.

And last month it had a Mardi Gras ball for charity. Laissez les bons temps rouler

“It often goes unsaid, but our energy industry members tirelessly give back to the communities in which they live,” Scott Prestidge, the amicable flack for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, told me in an email. “There are days when working for a trade association, representing their great work and witnessing their efforts, is absolutely humbling.”

What did they do this time? Raised more than $200,000 for Denver’s Tennyson Center for Children, which helps victims of severe abuse, neglect or trauma.

“The Tennyson Center’s leadership and staff work tirelessly to support children and give them a chance at a new beginning. Our hats are off to the organization and their entire team for lifting up our community and providing real life second chances to those who deserve it most,” said my friend and former Denver Post co-worker Dan Haley, who is now president of the trade association.”

Threw in Chip Rimer, the senior VP of Noble Energy: “I am gratified and humbled by the generosity that our industry has shown to this outstanding community partner. By working together, we can make a difference in the lives of countless children for years to come.”

Here’s what COGA says about the Tennyson Center:

Tennyson Center for Children, based in Denver, Colo., is dedicated to helping children who have
experienced severe abuse, neglect and/or trauma so they can bravely, and safely, change their life’s
story. For the past 113 years, Tennyson’s trained professionals have empowered generations of
children and families by providing a child-centered, customized approach to healing through our
community-based, school, and/or residential programs. The primary goal of all TCC programs is to
reintegrate our children back into safe families, supportive schools and vibrant communities.

Haters can protest the pipelines and property lines another day.

COGA handed out some other awards at the ball:

  • Individual Community Service Award
    Terry Peltes. Terry, CEO of Energes
  • Small Company Community Service Award
    Bill Barrett Corp.
  • Large Company Community Service Award
    Anadarko Petroleum Corp.


Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 14, 20186min464
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved rules Tuesday to help the public get a general idea where oil and gas pipelines are located. The nine-member panel unanimously approved the regulatory update after three days of testimony. Regulators have been working on the proposal for months, in the wake of a home explosion in […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 10, 20184min1047

House Republican Leader Patrick Neville of Castle Rock provided a statement Monday morning.

“All this misleading bill is designed to do is shut down the oil and gas industry in Colorado, and Republicans were not going to give the bill sponsor the satisfaction of grandstanding on this terrible policy.”


Maybe Rep. Joe Salazar slid a fastball past House Republicans this week, or maybe they didn’t want to expend energy on a bill their Senate counterparts in the majority will inevitably squash. Either way,  House Bill 1071 to give local governments more regulatory say on oil and gas operations passed the Colorado House Friday.

The vote was 34-30, as Republicans picked up one Democrat, Rep. Dan Pabon of Denver, a pro-business moderate.

When the bill came up for a debate on Thursday, Salazar took all of four seconds.

“This is a technical change, I ask for a yes vote,” said the Democrat from Thornton, a man known for passionate oratory for his beliefs. Then he walked away from the podium.

A voice vote on the bill itself was called, and the Democratic majority shouted louder, presumably, before Republicans could mount any defense.

“I want to thank my friends on the other side of the aisle for recognizing the importance of protecting people and the environment by letting HB 1071 pass Second Reading without debate,” Salazar said to Colorado Politics via text message Friday night to help explain how such a hot bill passed in such a cool manner.

But, on a final, recorded vote Friday, there wasn’t any debate from Republicans, either.

Dan Haley, president of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, a trade group, took to Twitter to express his disappointment that the bill got out of the House.

“This bill would upset the important balance already struck in CO and reduce individual property rights protected by our state’s Constitution,” he said. “Plus, the state Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case this bill is based on. Preempting that is bad policymaking.”

A week earlier the bill underwent hours of testimony before passing the Health, Insurance and Environment Committee on a 7-6 party-line vote.


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJanuary 3, 201817min1040
News folk tend to develop an unusual skill: They can take heat while shedding light. Maybe that’s why the Colorado Oil & Gas Association hired Dan Haley a few years ago to be its president and CEO. The career journalist and esteemed former editorial page editor of the Denver Post doesn’t shy away from a dust-up, […]

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