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March 18, 2016

Anti-Fracking Measure Advances in House
Two weeks ago the Chamber added its voice to many other business organizations in opposing HB16-1310 a measure that would in essence hold energy companies liable for any damage caused by earthquakes anywhere in the vicinity of their operations. Aside from the anti-industry message the bill sends it has many technical problems including a very real question of whether any insurance carrier would write such a policy for them. The Denver Post outlines the discussion.

Ballot Measures Aimed at Redistricting 
This week two new ballot initiatives, 122 and 123 were proposed to deal with how congressional and legislative districts are created. They are in response to Initiative 107 which was proposed in November addressing both congressional and legislative districts. The major differences among all of them are how members of a commission are chosen to make these decisions. Ultimately that decision will impact who you vote for at the state and federal level. To learn more, click here.

COGA Shares Economic Impact and Looks Ahead
Dan Haley, President and CEO of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, addressed about 60 members at an energy briefing this week and shared information about the economic impact of the industry on the state as a whole and Mesa County. In addition, he provided an overview of regulatory rule making that has occurred 10 times in the last five years and discussed legislation and the upcoming election. For a copy of his complete presentation, click here.

CMU Capitol Conference June 8-10
The Colorado Capital Conference is a unique opportunity for 100 diverse Colorado residents to interact with the nation’s leaders in Washington, D.C. in an ever-changing political environment. The application deadline for participation is March 25th. For an application and additional information, click here.

Chamber Board Votes to Oppose HB16-1355
The Chamber Board joined several other business organizations around the state and voted yesterday to oppose HB16-1355, a measure that gives local governments the authority to site and regulate oil and gas facilities by (1) repealing the requirement that COGCC first identify an area of oil and gas development for designation by local government as an area of state interest, and (2) expressly authorizing the local authority to regulate the siting of oil and gas facilities. HB16-1355 states that nothing shall negate nor interfere with the local governments’ siting authority over oil and gas facilities and requires that the operator ensure that the location of oil and gas facilities comply with city, town, county, or city and county siting regulations, regardless of COGCC rules, regulations, and orders. The bill will be heard in the House State Affairs Committee on March 21st.

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