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Coloradans will continue to say “No” to oil and gas without action.

The following Guest Commentary appeared in The Denver Post on June 27, 2013 and is reproduced on Free Range Longmont with permission from State Representative Mike Foote.
Mike Foote, Colorado State Representative, House District 12

Mike Foote, Colorado State Representative, House District 12

Oil and gas is an issue that will not go away. The number of active wells in Colorado has doubled over the last four years. The number of spills and other contamination incidents has also increased. Drilling has encroached ever closer to more densely populated areas. The industry will spend and make billions of dollars in Colorado in the upcoming years.

People across Colorado have expressed legitimate concerns about their health and safety as well as their lack of a voice in the process. Changes to the system to increase transparency, accountability, local control and safety can go a long way in addressing those concerns.

That’s why I and other legislators brought forward proposals, including imposing minimum penalties for serious violations of the Oil and Gas Conservation Act and changing the mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to focus on protecting public health and the environment, ending its conflicted dual role of promoting oil and gas drilling while simultaneously regulating it.

The industry opposed those bills, as well as others increasing water monitoring requirements, increasing the number of well inspectors, creating a health impact study, and assessing fees for local inspection programs. None of those common-sense reforms made it through the legislature.

However, some hope emerged at the end of the session when Gov. John Hickenlooper issued an executive order directing the COGCC to “reevaluate its enforcement philosophy and approach.” The governor’s order went on to say, “Colorado requires strong and clear enforcement of the rules and assessment of fines and penalties accordingly.”

Implicit in the order was the recognition that enforcement of oil and gas industry regulations in Colorado is neither strong nor clear, and that the COGCC has become too cozy with the oil and gas operators it is supposed to be monitoring. It is my hope more progress can be made on this issue as well as many others related to oil and gas over the next year.

Recently, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association announced it would conduct a “listening tour” around the state this summer. As an elected official, my job is to listen to the people of Colorado all year long, and I hear widespread frustration about the current oil and gas system. Perhaps after listening like I have, COGA will be more interested in partnering toward some solutions rather than saying no to any real reform. Because if the industry continues to say “no,” the people of Colorado will say “no” to oil and gas.

That is exactly what is happening across the Front Range right now. Concerned citizens’ groups have popped up from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs. A ballot measure banning fracking passed in Longmont with a bipartisan 60 percent margin. Ballot measures in other cities and counties are promised this year.

Instead of taking their concerns seriously, industry supporters have called these citizens extremists and hypocrites for heating their homes and driving cars to work. That isn’t the language of dialogue; that’s the language of confrontation. People have responded with the tools available to them: public protest and the ballot box.

Coloradans know that our most precious natural resources are not gas and oil, but water, air and natural beauty. They will act to protect what’s most precious.

Until Coloradans have confidence that the oil and gas industry is behaving responsibly in our state, and under strict environmental safeguards, we will see this dynamic continue. Building public confidence by setting and enforcing high standards will not only protect the environment and people’s health and safety, it will also protect the livelihoods of the Coloradans who work in the industry.

Negotiation requires more than just sitting at the negotiating table. It requires a willingness to accept opposing viewpoints and a commitment to find common ground. Coloradans deserve no less.

State Representative Mike Foote represents House District 12 in Longmont, Lafayette and Louisville.

 

 

House District 12 Democratic Candidate Forums

First Forum

Where: Lafayette Library, 775 W. Baseline Road, lower meeting room (Google Map)

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 6 PM to 8:45 PM — Forum starts at 6:30 PM

Second Forum

Co-sponsored by Longmont Area Democrats (LAD)

Where : Longmont Progressive Center, 723 Main Street (Google Map)

When: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 6 PM to 8:45 PM — Forum starts at 6:30 PM

This is an excellent opportunity to meet the Democratic candidates for HD 12 (Angie Layton and Mike Foote), listen to their views on issues and get to know them before the March 6th caucus.  There will be formal questions and an opportunity to submit your questions that evening, in writing, to the candidates. For more information contact Democratic Party HD 12 Chair Sally Martin at scmartin06@aol.com.

Candidate contact pages

Mike Foote: http://www.mikefoote.org/contact/

Angie Layton: http://www.angielayton.com/contact/

Foote raises $15,000 in 5 weeks

In the five weeks since he Mike Foote announced his candidacy for Colorado House District 12, Foote reports that he’s accepted a record total of $15,589 in contributions and that the donations are the most ever raised in a single quarter by any HD-12 candidate.

Pending approval from the Colorado Supreme Court after the recent state house and state senate boundaries reapportionment, House District 12 is in east Boulder and southwest Weld counties. It includes portions of Longmont, the entire cities of Louisville, Erie, Dacono, Firestone, and Frederick and half of Lafayette.

“It’s exciting to see such an outpouring of support,” said Foote, a Lafayette Democrat. “We’ve worked hard to spread our positive and progressive message over the last month. I’m humbled by the reaction.”

Foote is a deputy district attorney with the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office. He has prosecuted major white-collar and other criminal cases, winning justice for victims of embezzlement fraud, Ponzi schemes, arson and other violent crimes.

“Public service is about solving problems, and voters appreciate someone who will work hard and effectively every single day to address the important issues facing our state,” Foote said in his press release.

Foote also reported $12,410 cash on hand and $2,579 in expenditures for the quarter ending September 30th. More information on Foote can be found at www.mikefoote.org

Foote, Deputy D.A., Announces Run for HD 12

Mike Foote, a long-time Deputy District Attorney with the Boulder County District Attorney’s office, has announced his candidacy for the Colorado State House of Representatives in District 12 in 2012. Foote pledges a commitment to progress, community, and public service.

For the past seven years, Foote has prosecuted major white-collar and other criminal cases in the Boulder office, winning justice for victims of embezzlement fraud, Ponzi schemes, arson and other violent crime. “In the District Attorney’s office, I work hard to make sure offenders are held accountable.” said Foote. “Now, I want to use my problem solving experience to help east Boulder County families overcome the current challenges they face. For many residents in the district this includes the opportunity to have a good job, get ahead and provide a great education for their children.”

Foote graduated from Indiana University, the University of Colorado School of Law, and received a master’s degree at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

Foote is also the founder of the Colorado chapter of the progressive Truman National Security Project. He served as a prosecutor in the Durango District Attorney’s office before moving to Boulder. Foote began his career in public service by organizing events and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for working student scholarships at Indiana University.

“Mike is one of the most committed and persistent attorneys I’ve ever worked with,” said Stan Garnett, Boulder County District Attorney. “He believes strongly in fairness and supports this community and its families. Boulder County needs him at the state capitol.”

House District 12 is in east Boulder County and includes the cities of Louisville, Lafayette and a section of Longmont. The Colorado Reapportionment Commission, an appointed group that is redrawing state political districts, is considering proposals that could change the Longmont neighborhoods in the district or add a portion of Superior. The current House District 12 representative is Democrat Matt Jones. On August 18, Jones announced he will run for the open state senate seat (Senate District 17, currently occupied by term-limited Brandon Shaffer) in 2012. Foote is also a Democrat.

Foote and his wife, Heidi, live in Lafayette and have a two-year-old daughter and another girl on the way. He enjoys the outdoors and the open space and trails in Boulder County, likes to ski and is an avid cyclist.

“For the last 14 years I have served my community and I look forward to doing the same at the state capitol,” said Foote. “We live in a great place, but we have challenges. We need the right policies to move us forward.”