State of Colorado Archives: on Environment


John Hickenlooper: Start methane capture rule; finish Water Plan

We are proposing the nation's first-ever methane capture rule, making Colorado the leader in the nation for controlling emissions. We've said before that we're committed to holding the oil companies to the highest standards to protect Coloradans and our air and water. To that end, we are working with legislators, industry and the conservation community to ensure we pass a bill this year that will strengthen penalties for violations of permits and rules.

If words were water the state would never run dry. Our budget is requesting a second year of funding to help create cleaner water for Colorado. This year we will complete the Colorado Water Plan, which will emphasize conservation, address incremental storage, and address drought mitigation. We must create alternative choices to buy-and-dry. No matter where we live, we cannot afford to let our farm and ranch land dry up.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to Colorado Legislature Jan 9, 2014

John Hickenlooper: Develop federal land instead of protecting the sage grous

[On a tour to address issues raised by the "51st State Initiative" secession movement], Hickenlooper has been spending a lot of time talking to voters and county commissioners in the rural counties. He recently accepted an invitation to hear the concerns of Moffat County residents (one of the breakaway counties that voted against pursuing secession) and he announced his disagreement with a proposal by the Bureau of Land Management to protect the sage grouse from oil and gas development on federal lands, a proposal that some northwestern counties worry could impact their economies.

His critics received some of these efforts coolly. The Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer said she wasn't happy with Hickenlooper's answer when asked if he would scrap the renewable energy law. He said opponents were welcome to introduce bills to modify it. But she said she hopes that after all the turmoil recently, "he will at least listen better this year, this time around."

Source: The Daily Caller on 2014 Colorado Governor race Dec 5, 2013

John Hickenlooper: Water policy: Collaboration, Conservation and Capacity

Collaboration, Conservation and Capacity for the Future. Water is central to the health of our economy, our environment, and our future. The way we use and manage our water remains one of the biggest challenges facing our state. The basic facts of water supply and demand are sobering. When it comes to water and our economy, we are one great state, not a loose confederation of regions. Across all issues, from water to jobs, a Governor has to be sensitive to the needs of each basin community. Colorado's governor has a special responsibility to see that the whole state benefits from our wise use of water resources.

We need to understand that water is critically important to every part of the state. We must continue to develop processes that allow resolution of the many conflicts over water that exist across the state, bringing individuals, communities, businesses, organizations together to work out comprehensive solutions.

Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign site hickenlooperforcolorado.com Nov 2, 2010

Ken Buck: Protect rural water supplies like Arkansas River basin

On the Arkansas River basin: Both men said they wanted to protect rural water supplies but Bennet made a point of having supported the $5 million budget appropriation to begin work on the Arkansas Valley Conduit, a planned water pipeline from Lake Pueblo to 40 valley communities. Congress authorized the project in 1962 but had never appropriated money until this year.

Buck dismissed that to the crowd. "(Bennet) stood up and took credit for a conduit that others had worked on for 10 years," he said.

Source: Pueblo Chieftan coverage of 2010 Colorado Senate Debate Oct 8, 2010

Michael Bennet: $5 million to begin work on the Arkansas Valley Conduit

On the Arkansas River basin: Both men said they wanted to protect rural water supplies but Bennet made a point of having supported the $5 million budget appropriation to begin work on the Arkansas Valley Conduit, a planned water pipeline from Lake Pueblo to 40 valley communities. Congress authorized the project in 1962 but had never appropriated money until this year.

Buck dismissed that to the crowd. "(Bennet) stood up and took credit for a conduit that others had worked on for 10 years," he said.

Source: Pueblo Chieftan coverage of 2010 Colorado Senate Debate Oct 8, 2010

Ken Salazar: Protect and preserve our land and water

Some of my proudest accomplishments in public life have been those times when Iíve brought varied interests together to protect and preserve our land and water. For example, I led the drive to create Great Outdoors Colorado, preserve open spaces, create new parks and increase recreational opportunities in communities in every corner of our state. I also have been a leader among attorneys general nationally to make sure that federal agencies live up to their environmental cleanup obligations.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, SalazarForColorado.com Mar 10, 2004

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