(Feb. 25) – Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst reacted today to the recommendations of the oil and gas task force appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

“I thank the governor for assembling this task force, and I thank its members for their hard work and good-faith efforts to address the issues before it,” said Speaker Hullinghorst, who has been a key figure in legislative discussions around oil and gas issues in Colorado.

“While the recommendations the task force made will help, they do not fully address the core issue of local control,” she said. “Without resolution to local control conflicts, citizens and local governments will continue to struggle with issues related to oil and gas development in their communities. This is a tough, complicated policy conversation, and there is more work to do by all parties involved to fully resolve the matter.”

“There have been reports that I may favor a ballot initiative. At this time, I believe a ballot initiative conversation is premature and not an avenue I am interested in pursuing. I look forward to continuing conversations with all parties involved, including mineral rights and surface rights owners, industry, environmental organizations, and local governments and communities on how we can best address the tensions caused by industrial activities in local communities.”

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