(July 16) – Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, a central figure in negotiations to forge a legislative accord on oil and gas development in Colorado, issued a statement today after Gov. John Hickenlooper announced that he would not call a special session of the General Assembly to consider proposed legislation increasing local governments’ control over oil and gas operations.
“I’m disappointed that we were unable to forge a local control accord on oil and gas development with enough bipartisan support to pass the General Assembly this year,” Rep. Hullinghorst said. “It would be a waste of taxpayers’ money to hold a special session that likely would not achieve a legislative solution.”
“However, I am not giving up on finding the bipartisan legislative solution that I am sure Coloradans want — one that balances responsible oil and gas development, including fracking, with the valid needs and concerns of local communities and adjacent property owners. We are not there yet, but I plan to continue to work with the stakeholders who came together in good faith in the last few months to work on a legislative solution.”
“Kudos to Governor Hickenlooper, Congressman Jared Polis, the oil and gas officials, the conservation leaders and others who worked hard over the past few months and showed great leadership in trying to reach a legislative agreement to resolve this very important issue.”