Grobe of Moffat County
 nominated to state air panel

Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe has been nominated to take over the seat on the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission vacated by former Grand Junction Mayor Teresa Coons.

Gov. John Hickenlooper on April 2 nominated Grobe to fill the open seat. He isn’t planning to lead a charge to revamp the just-approved regulations aimed at preventing methane from escaping drilling operations into the atmosphere, Grobe said.

Critics of the regulations have said the new rules seemed to be geared to dealing with Front Range issues at the expense of the Western Slope.

Although he might be in the minority on the seven-member board, Grobe said, “I hope we can make a dent in the conversation. I just want to show them what it’s like on the West Slope. It’s critical they get our viewpoint on issues, too.”

Hickenlooper also appointed Peter Butler of Durango,  Jeffrey Todd Mitchell of Aspen and Anthony Gerber of Denver. The appointments are subject to Senate confirmation and are for three years.

Grobe said he’s familiar with environmental issues, having dealt with many on behalf of the Colorado-Ute Electric Association and Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

He sought the nomination after speaking with Coons earlier this year about her service on the commission, Grobe said.


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