Hickenlooper Task Force Tours Oil and Gas Sites

The Associated Press reports that last Friday “members of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s oil and gas task force took a drilling rig tour in south Weld County, another step in educating themselves about the drilling and reclamation process before they discuss suggestions to regulate the industry in urban areas.” The tour included several Anadarko sites and raised questions among members about the future of electric drilling rigs in Colorado oil production.

“It’s not good or bad,” [task force member Sara Barwinski] said while touring the electrical drilling rig. “It’s a heavy industrial process, and that’s why there are places it doesn’t belong, so we need to look at locations and the process.”

The commission has been tasked with gathering as much information as possible on drilling activities before making recommendations for changes in state and local law, according to the October HBW Fracking Report:

The 21-member advisory panel organized by Governor Hickenlooper began holding meetings in late September to work towards its goal of developing recommendations that will help balance state and local control of oil and gas drilling. The task force identified health, technology and legal issues that need further consideration, noting that more information and clearer definition of the problems are also needed, according to The Denver Post. The task force must agree on all recommendations by a two-thirds vote, and recommendations are due by the end of February 2015.