Vital for Colorado Expands Its Board of Directors

Colorado’s Premier Business Advocacy Group Adds Two Prominent Heads of Area Chambers of Commerce

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DENVER (February 8, 2017)Vital for Colorado, a coalition of business, civic and economic development leaders dedicated to promoting the benefits of energy production in Colorado, announced the addition of Kevin Hougen, President and CEO of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, and Wade Frisbie, Co-Chair of the Denver Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, to its board of directors.

While Vital for Colorado boasts nearly 60,000 coalition members, its board of directors, comprised of business, agricultural and legal leaders, drives the agenda for the organization.

“We’re fortunate to have an engaged and diverse board of directors representing a broad spectrum of businesses and industries,” Vital for Colorado Chairman Peter Moore said. “With these latest additions, we can expand our coalition and further amplify the Colorado voices supporting responsible energy development.”

“The Aurora Chamber of Commerce is an action-oriented membership organization that serves as the leading business voice in the Eastern Metro area,” said Hougen. “For our members, we seek to provide access, advocacy, and influence, and working in partnership with Vital for Colorado, whose work in the energy advocacy space on behalf of business is unparalleled, is a tremendous opportunity we’re excited to seize upon.”

“We see the energy sector as a major driver of Colorado jobs and our economy,” said Frisbie. “The Denver Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce was founded on a platform of providing opportunities for our LGBT community and its businesses so partnering with Vital for Colorado will highlight the industry’s support of our community and build upon those opportunities.”

Vital for Colorado is a broad coalition of business, civic and economic development leaders along with thousands of Coloradans from across the state. Its mission is to support and promote the benefits of energy production in Colorado, highlight energy resource extraction as a critical part of Colorado’s state economy, and support a rational, well-regulated, and competitive regulatory environment which allows energy production in the state to thrive responsibly.

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2 anti-oil and gas initiatives unlikely to make Colorado ballot, group’s analysis shows DBJ

By Cathy Proctor
Denver Business Journal
Aug 12, 2016

Chances appear to be slim for two ballot initiatives aimed at curbing Colorado’s oil and gas industry to on the state’s November ballot, according to a group’s review of documents submitted to Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ office earlier this week.

Vital for Colorado, a broad-based business group that opposes the ballot initiatives as being bad for Colorado’s economy, tallied numbers on reports submitted by initiative supporters to Williams’ office on Monday. The reports included the number of signatures on each page of the petitions.

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Study the fracking proposals

Guest column by Robert Golden, Mike Kopp and Jeff Wasden
May 11, 2016

With the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision preserving responsible energy development in the state, fringe activists will attempt one final Hail Mary aimed at amending the Colorado Constitution.

Backers of four measures targeting oil and gas development in Colorado have begun collecting the 100,000 signatures necessary for them to appear on the November ballot. If successful, they would essentially eventuate with a patchwork of local regulations that would, in effect, ban fracking, undermine property rights and destabilize Colorado’s business environment.

Denver Post: Colorado oil and gas bill deserves defeat

The Denver Post Editorial Board
March 24, 2016

It sounds fairly innocent: Why shouldn’t oil and gas companies “be treated just like any other industry,” as one state lawmaker insisted recently, when it comes to local land-use regulation?

Well, that might be fine in a world in which every jurisdiction operated in good faith in seeking to protect citizens from the impacts of an industrial process while preserving the ownership rights of private companies. Except that we don’t live in that world.

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The Pueblo Chieftain: Give rules a fair chance to work

That image couldn’t be further from the truth.

Since 2010, the state has created some of the most rigorous rules in the country that govern what we do and how we do it. But that constant state of rule-making also has led to a constant state of uncertainty, as every year brings with it a new set of rules and regulations.

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DBJ: 11 new ballot proposals take aim at Colorado oil and gas industry, fracking

Cathy Proctor
Denver Business Journal

Eleven separate ballot proposals aimed at Colorado’s oil and gas industry — including increasing setbacks to 4,000 feet and a statewide ban on the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — have been filed with the state’s Legislative Council, the first step to getting on the 2016 ballot.

If approved by voters, the proposed measures would make it extremely difficult for energy companies to find locations to drill new oil and gas wells in Colorado. Some of the proposals, if approved, also could restrict local officials’ abilities to approve new homes and neighborhoods.

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