Oil and Gas Task Force

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Jan 27, 2016

  • Paonia municipal election: 9 run for 3 trustee vacancies, 1 for mayor
  • Mesa County launches diabetes prevention program aimed at lifestyle changes
  • COGCC approves final rule changes from O&G Task Force
  • Snow tire bill committee

Energy development is always a hot topic at the statehouse, but 2015 was oddly quiet. Even with recommendations from a task force studying the issue, state lawmakers did little this past session where oil and gas drilling is concerned. As a result, some of the more long-standing issues as local control and public health concerns are still simmering.

Trying to get more information on the health impact of oil and gas drilling is a topic that lawmakers will soon be taking up at the statehouse. It comes after the Governor's Oil and Gas Task Force finished their work and issued several health related recommendations.

"I get a little bit concerned and annoyed when people try to use health as the basis of what they don't like about oil and gas," said Dr. Larry Wolk the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment.

He said he understands the concern, but worries the state doesn't have enough hard data.

State lawmakers are officially at the halfway point of the 2015 legislative session. What needs to be done before the end of the session? Lawmakers will need to pass a balanced budget, and along the way grapple with some hot-button issues such as school testing requirements and police reforms.

"Most of the big work is ahead of us, what happens for the first half is kind of getting ready for it," said Senate President Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs).

What's Next Politically For Oil & Gas In Colorado?

Mar 3, 2015

Governor John Hickenlooper's oil and gas task force recently proposed nine recommendations to try and easy concerns for people living near energy development, but it did not vote to give local communities more control over oil and gas drilling.

The big question on everyone's mind now: What's next for the state Legislature and for a possible anti-fracking initiative going before voters in 2016?

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tues, March 3, 2015

Mar 3, 2015


  • Missing woman's remains were found in Mesa County
  • Winter weather brings highly dangerous avalanche conditions
  • Land around thousands of shuttered oil and gas wells still unrestored
  • Capitol reporters discuss the oil and gas task force and its political impact

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, March 2, 2015

Mar 2, 2015


  • North Fork Ambulance faces a steep deficit
  • Ski Patrollers in telluride are unionizing
  • Gov. Hickenlooper discusses the oil and gas task force results
  • Paonia will have the hearing to discuss Clerk Peterson’s dismissal
  • The average age of farmers is rising

Hickenlooper On The Work Of The Oil & Gas Task Force

Feb 27, 2015

Reaction at the state capitol to work of the Oil and Gas Task Force was decidedly mixed. Members of the governor's own party called the effort a failure, one lawmaker even graded it an "F+."

The proposed recommendations are intended to mitigate the impacts of energy development near communities. While the task force wants local governments to be more involved in developing large drill sites, it stopped short of allowing cities and counties to adopt rules stricter than the state standards.

With the final nine recommendations to hit Governor John Hickenlooper's desk Feb. 27, what are his thoughts on the group's work and the backlash?

After five months of meetings, and coming up with nine recommendations, the work of Governor John Hickenlooper's Oil and Gas Task Force is getting mixed reviews from lawmakers at the state capitol.

Among the critical voices is Democratic Senator Matt Jones of Longmont.

"What they were charged to come up with is strong community protections, they got an F+, they're talking about how it's really a B, it's not," Jones said.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Feb 27, 2015


  • Gov Hickenlooper makes plans to combat pill abuse
  • Politicians react to Oil and Gas Task Force findings
  • DMEA / Tri State negotiations break down, petition to federal agency continues
  • Therapeutic Specialist Discusses Recreation Program For Western Slope Seniors

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015

Feb 24, 2015


  • Teen pregnancy prevention bill makes it to Senate
  • DMEA finds work around in dealing with Tri State
  • Bill up for vote over water conservation education
  • Two men die in storage container fire in Grand Junction
  • Capital Conversation about oil and gas task force

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Jan.19, 2015

Jan 19, 2015


  • Environmental Impact Statement released for proposed drilling sites north of Paonia
  • Oil and Gas Task Force finishes two day meeting in Greeley
  • Numbers reveal a disparity in the growth of Colorado schools
  • An interview with Gov. Hickenlooper about his speech and the coming term

While oil and gas development is a hot topic, state legislators are waiting for a report from the Governor's Oil and Gas Task Force, mostly holding off on introducing energy related bills. The task force is charged with crafting recommendations to help mitigate the impacts of drilling to communities, and harmonize local and state regulations.

"I have told some members of the task force, you don't have to send something if there's not a problem," said Senator Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling). "I want to know before you send me a solution, the problem we're trying to fix. And if you can't agree on a problem, don't send me legislation just because you're a task force."

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, August 25, 2014

Aug 25, 2014


  • Head on Collision fatality
  • 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to Colorado
  • Oil and Gas Task Force slow to form