Colorado Legislature Passes Sweeping Oil and Gas Reform

by Frances Folin Members of the Colorado State Senate, on a strictly party-line vote, approved amendments to SB-181 made by the State House.  SB-181 will now make its way to the Governor’s desk, where it is all but certain to … Continue reading

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Transportation Funding Via The Taxing of Alternative Fuel Vehicles

by Amanda A. Reeve Just as a state’s economic development and growth is impacted by its ability to build and maintain its highways and bridges and improve its transportation systems, so too is its air quality.  After all, transportation conformity … Continue reading

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Colorado Legislature Takes Aim at Oil and Gas

by Frances Folin Late on Friday, March 1st, Senate Bill 19-181 was introduced in the Colorado State Senate.  The Bill would bring sweeping changes to oil and gas regulation in Colorado, less than 6 months after voters rejected Proposition 112 … Continue reading

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The Future of Oil and Gas Development in Colorado After Martinez

by Frances Folin Coloradoans continue to see fights over oil and gas development in the news.  Following last month’s Colorado Supreme Court decision in COGCC v. Martinez, mineral owners in the Wildgrass neighborhood of Broomfield, Colorado, with the help of … Continue reading

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Colorado Oil and Gas Operators Breathe Sigh of Relief

by Frances Folin Yesterday, the Colorado Supreme Court handed down its much-anticipated decision in the COGCC v. Martinez case (2019 CO 3).  To the relief of oil and gas companies operating in Colorado, the Colorado Supreme Court found in favor … Continue reading

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Voter Initiatives to Limit Mineral Development in Western States Fail

by John W. Andrews Voters in several western states on November 6th defeated citizen-initiated ballot initiatives that would have heavily regulated mineral and energy development.  The highest profile failed initiative was Colorado’s Proposition 112, which would have prohibited new oil … Continue reading

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Battle of the Ballot Initiatives

by Frances Folin On August 28, 2018, the Colorado Secretary of State certified the signatures collected for Initiative 108. The following day, the Colorado Secretary of State certified the signatures collected for Initiative 97.  The certifications pave the way for … Continue reading

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Ballot Initiatives Make it to Colorado Secretary of State’s Office

by Frances Folin Earlier this month, proponents of competing ballot initiatives affecting oil and gas exploration and development made their way to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. Certification by the Secretary of State that proponents have obtained the required … Continue reading

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In Colorado, Ballot Initiatives Are Back in Full Force

by Frances Folin As primary season for midterm elections gets underway, so too does canvasser season. In Colorado alone, canvassers are out in full force and looking to get enough voter signatures for a number of different initiative statutes and … Continue reading

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Albuquerque Town Hall Scheduled to Discuss Oil and Gas Drilling

by Jason B. Brinkley For the second year in a row, New Mexico has surpassed its previous record for oil and gas production. The uptick in operations means increased jobs, a boost to the state’s economy and the availability of … Continue reading

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