Western guvs wade into flap over grouse

Gov. John Hickenlooper glances briefly at oil and gas development protesters following a meeting with Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado Monday in Rifle. Hickenlooper didn’t speak to the protesters. A handful of picketers also turned out in support of energy development.



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Gov. John Hickenlooper glances briefly at oil and gas development protesters following a meeting with Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado Monday in Rifle. Hickenlooper didn’t speak to the protesters. A handful of picketers also turned out in support of energy development.

Gov. John Hickenlooper told northwestern Colorado residents Monday that he hopes he can work as chairman of the Western Governors’ Association to help find regional common ground on…




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Interesting Reed blames “gun bans”, but the laws weren’t (as if a 30 round clip is needed to hit a game animal - instant hamburger). He doesn’t seem to realize that Walmart and other big boxes like Cabella’s are stiff competition. The protesters for O&G would write-off the Grouse to stop welfare? Yet they seem limited in their knowledge of what gas glut does to prices and profits, the lure of more money going for the OIL in N.D. or Weld. So many of these politicians go around talking only to cronies and never want to hear some of the hard facts. EnCana triming 20% is not from regulations, they can’t support the overhead of gas operations at the low market price of gas. But it is easier to beat on a strawman. A good example was the Commissioner presentations of the great amount of tax revenue in the property tax of O&G and the companies advertising with how much they put into the tax base; but, all neglecting to tell that lost property values and foreclosures of the regular base has got the school districts on a four day week. Mining is always boom and bust, never going to change, but will always leave the residents in in a lurch, an environmental mess, and footing the bills for everything lavished on them. Always have, always will. The govenor came a pandering, pandered, and left. Very few in the room voted for him and won’t vote for him under any circumstance unless maybe he switches party. That would not surprise me, as he is a very political animal with a lot of ambition. Remember you seen it here first.

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