Gov. John Hickenlooper announced a last-minute compromise that will keep initiatives 88 and 89, pushed by Congressman Jared Polis, off the November ballot. Initiative 88 would have required 2,000-foot buffers between oil and gas wells and buildings, while Initiative 89 would create a constitutional environmental bill of rights and more local control. Polis agreed to… Continue reading Hickenlooper Announces Oil and Gas Compromise
Longmont Mayor Pro Tem Brian Bagley’s presence at the Governor’s announcement concerning the compromise deal that removes two potentially devastating oil and gas ballot measures was not coincidental (see more, below). Assuming the deal moves forward, as it now appears it will, the City can stop spending time and money (rumored to be over $500,000)… Continue reading Longmont: What does Hickenlooper’s Compromise mean to Longmont?
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission gave final approval to statewide 500-foot buffers between new wells and homes on Feb. 11. The oil and gas industry opposed the new setback, which will replace a 350-foot rule for urban areas and 150 feet for rural areas. Environmental and community groups weren’t happy either because they… Continue reading Oil and Gas Commission Approves Bigger Setbacks
It is all the rage for progressive towns in Colorado – on Jan. 23rd the City Council bowed to pressure from citizens opposed to fracking by agreeing to put the question to a public vote. But how would such a ban impact the City? According to current Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission setback rules,… Continue reading Fort Collins Council Agrees to Let Voters Decide Fracking Fate
The 2013 legislative session promises to be interesting, observers say, but not necessarily in a good way for business groups such as the REALTORS®. With a new Speaker of the House and a new Senate President, the leadership has changed and REALTOR®-friendly legislators such as Rep. Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland) lost their seats on powerful committees… Continue reading Colorado Legislative Session Opens Jan. 9
Local and State REALTOR® associations have not taken positions regarding oil and gas development. However, in the interest of providing accurate information, it seems appropriate to mention one issue of potential concern to REALTORS®. At a recent debate Shane Davis, a research officer for the Sierra Club, warned that abandoned oil or gas wells can… Continue reading Rules on Abandoned Gas & Oil Wells