Energy straight talk

Gov. John Hickenlooper was pretty straightforward regarding his views on the nation’s bright energy future and Colorado’s role in helping the nation become energy self-sufficient Saturday at an energy forum in Vail.

Especially important was the fact he didn’t shy away from the controversial topic of local government rules that attempt to supersede state regulations on oil and gas drilling. He made clear his administration would continue to oppose local efforts that attempt to block drilling and hydraulic fracturing entirely, which he said amounted to a taking of private property.

Hickenlooper also hinted that he would veto legislation that seeks to gives cities and counties more authority to supersede state regulations on oil and gas.

Good for the governor. He is right that a balance can be struck between environmental concerns and energy development, but a mishmash of local rules that conflict with state regulations is the wrong prescription for Colorado.


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