This blog has previously reported on some of the difficulties oil and gas organizations in Colorado have experienced in recent months. In early August, Governor John Hickenlooper announced he was forming a task force in order to provide insight and recommendations on many of the industry initiatives currently being contested.
Hickenlooper's office claimed that nearly 300 Coloradans applied for a spot on the task force, which was originally supposed to consist of 18 members. There are 19 in total now, as Kickenlooper explained he believed "the composition of the group is the most important part of the process."
The task force will be able to make recommendations to the governor and legislature with a two-thirds majority, or issue majority and minority opinions, according to The Denver Business Journal. The task force will be co-chaired by XTO Energy Inc. President Randy Cleveland and La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt, founder of the environmental group Earthworks' Oil & Gas Accountability Project.
Hickenlooper explains that six members will come from local government and environmental organizations, six from the oil and gas industry, and six from civic leadership positions. The full list of those who have been named to the task force is available here.
"I am hopeful that parties on all sides of this debate will support this commission's work and that its recommendations will lead to greater protections for homeowners and Colorado families across the state," U.S. Rep. Jared Polis released in a statement.
Depending on the actions of the task force, oil and gas companies in Colorado may benefit from oil and gas strategy consulting. There are many potentially lucrative ballot initiatives proposed, and outside perspective may help organizations find innovative solutions to current challenges.