local control Archives - Colorado Politics
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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 7, 20175min127
Sen. Matt Jones of Louisville said Wednesday he plans to introduce a bill in the next session to give local governments more authority to “plan, zone, and refuse to allow oil and gas operations as they see fit — just as they do with every other industry.” Though Jones is the Senate Democrats’ appointed leader […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 10, 201711min1152

Jack Gerard is bullish on the oil and gas industry and its role in the the energy and manufacturing future. He would be, of course, because he is <a href="http://www.api.org/about/president-and-ceo" target="_blank">president and CEO</a> of the American Petroleum Institute, the oil and gas industry’s comprehensive trade group and lobby shop. Gerard was in Denver this week to touch base with Colorado, one of the top ten oil and gas producing states in the nation, an anchor state of the American west and a top conservation and clean energy state. Colorado is a laboratory of innovation in energy production, use and regulation. It’s also a political swing state. A man like Jack Gerard can’t stay away too long.


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David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsAugust 31, 20168min82

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis on Monday told The Colorado Statesman that the battle for greater local control over oil and gas drilling will keep coming back every two years if the State Legislature is unable to take action on the emotionally charged issue of fracking in and around neighborhoods. “Issues are always best addressed legislatively, but if the Legislature fails to address it, I’m sure proponents of ballot initiatives will be back,” Polis told The Statesman on Monday after Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams concluded supporters of two anti-fracking ballot initiatives — one of which Polis backed — didn’t collect enough valid voter signatures.


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Peter BlakePeter BlakeAugust 11, 20167min1071

Like a pianist playing scales, I used to warm up for my biennial ballot concerto by quickly flipping the “no” lever on all the judges up for retention. It not only flexed the fingers, it was one way to protest our Soviet-style judge selection process (“we pick, you ratify”). Besides, I was trying to do them a favor. They’d make more money in private practice.


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Associated PressAssociated PressAugust 2, 20161min71

Democratic Rep. Jared Polis has given $25,000 to a group pushing to allow local government more say over energy production. Polis gave the money to Yes for Local Control Over Oil and Gas, according to campaign finance disclosures posted Monday. The group supports a ballot measure to amend the state constitution to give local governments more control over oil and gas production.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJuly 30, 20169min1603

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump visited Colorado on Friday and said he supports the practice of hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas wells. But he also favors the ability of communities to ban the practice, known as fracking. In an interview with KUSA-TV's Brandon Rittiman, Trump said he favors fracking, but understands that some areas may not want to have it nearby.