Gov. Ritter will speak with Club 20 in April

Gov. Bill Ritter will speak in Grand Junction next week, three days after new drilling rules he sought go into effect.

Ritter will speak April 4 to Club 20, the Western Slope lobbying and promotional organization.

No subject for the governor’s keynote speech has been decided, said Club 20 Executive
Director Reeves Brown.

Still, “I’m sure the oil and gas rules are going to be high on his agenda — anything to do with the hemorrhaging of jobs” on the Western Slope,” Brown said.

“Anything to do with the

The rig count in the Piceance Basin of northwest Colorado has fallen more precipitously than it has in other regions of the country where drilling buoyed local economies in recent years.

Critics have pointed to the advent of the rules as a disincentive to drill in the Piceance, but supporters say their effect on costs will be negligible.

Club 20’s spring meeting offers politicians of all stripes an opportunity to visit with civic and business leaders from across the Western Slope.

John Harpole of Denver-based Mercator Energy is to discuss “What happened to the natural gas boom” after the governor’s speech.

Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, both Colorado Democrats, are invited, and Ronnie Carleton, chief of staff to U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., is to offer a legislative update.

Salazar’s 3rd Congressional District covers most of the Western Slope.

The Saturday session also will include a discussion of the prospects and potential water needs for oil shale.

A panel including Don Elliman of the Colorado Office of Economic Development will discuss what the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will mean for Colorado.

Admission to the luncheon is $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers.

Admission to all events on Saturday is $95 for members and $115 for nonmembers.

Call 242-3264 or go to for information.


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