WASHINGTON, DC—This week, Resources for the Future released a new installment of Resources Radio: "Fracking in Colorado, with Matt Lepore of Adamantine Energy."
In today’s podcast, host Daniel Raimi talks with Matt Lepore of Adamantine Energy about oil and gas development in Colorado. They discuss the controversies surrounding development, how the state has responded, and whether it's done a good enough job. They also talk about the results of the statewide election, in which Colorado voters rejected Proposition 112—a proposal that would have dramatically restricted new oil and gas development.
Notable quotes from the podcast:
- “There's sort of a mixed blessing [with horizontal development]. You can put a lot of wells on a single pad, and from that single pad reach a great deal of acreage using the horizontal wells, which means there are fewer surface locations, less surface disturbance. But it also means, if you happen to be proximate to that large pad, it's more disruptive.”—Matt Lepore (3:58)
- “The other area that remains, probably, front burner at this point in time is the extent to which local governments get to regulate, or get a say so, in particular in where oil and gas facilities are located. Historically, most of that happened at the state level, and I think the citizens . . . feel like that should be more of a local decision”—Matt Lepore (11:53)
- “So, a big takeaway is there's still concern among the population about proximity of this large-scale industrial development to homes and schools and population centers.”—Matt Lepore (17:00)
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