Hickenlooper: No special session on fracking

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that he won’t call for a special session to deal with the contentious issue of hydraulic fracturing in some areas of the state.

The governor, who has been trying for months to get a bipartisan coalition to support a compromise measure, said he failed in that endeavor.

“Over the past several months, we have worked with a bipartisan coalition to explore a legislative compromise that would avoid a series of expensive and divisive ballot initiatives surrounding oil and gas development in Colorado,” Hickenlooper said. “Despite our best efforts and those of other willing partners, we have not been able to secure the broader stakeholder support necessary to pass bipartisan legislation in a special session.”

Meanwhile, a group continues to gather petitions to get two measures onto the ballot. One would allow local governments to set 2,000-foot setback rules on wells, and the other would allow local governments to approve environmental laws stricter than state law.


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