What Colorado’s Ballot Proposal No. 78 Means for the Oil & Gas Industry

Last week, the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business released findings from a study that investigated the economic consequences of the state’s ballot proposal no. 78. As Cathy Proctor, reporter with the Denver Business Journal, summarized in her recent article, “Ballot proposal No. 78, which calls for expanding Colorado’s existing 500-foot buffer zones around oil and gas operations to 2,500 feet, would be the death knell for an industry already reeling from a two-year bust in commodity prices if approved by voters in November.”

So what exactly would Colorado’s ballot proposal mean for the oil and gas industry?

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Fracking Will Not Be a Focus of the 2016 Democratic Presidential Campaign

In spite of the undeniable momentum that his campaign had at times, perhaps it was inevitable that party favorite Hillary Clinton would top Bernie Sanders and take the Democratic nomination for President. As the Sanders’ campaign finally accepted defeat, though, surrender — and Sanders’ highly valuable endorsement of Clinton — would come with a few caveats. In order to get the Democratic Party somewhat healed and ready for a Trump-Clinton face-off, Clinton’s campaign was forced to include a few of Bernie’s talking points in her platform.

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Fracking Innovations Ease Environmental Concerns

“For an industry that is driven by innovation, the advent of horizontal and directional drilling paired with hydraulic fracturing has heralded an era of new beginnings and dramatically reduced operational footprint,” says new research collected by the Western Energy Alliance. “Companies are now able to do more with less, minimizing impacts on species and the landscapes they depend upon. Wildlife is truly gaining ground.”

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What Does BREXIT Mean For the Oil and Gas Industry?

For weeks now, the top story across the globe has been the United Kingdom’s controversial exit from the European Union. The vote, dubbed BREXIT, has rippled across the entire globe as the economy and the geo-political makeup of the world have suddenly shifted. While the dust settles over one of the biggest political firestorms in recent memories, the landmark vote will have short and long term implications for everyone across the globe. The oil and gas industry isn’t immune to the chaos, as the BREXIT vote will absolutely have ramifications for the industry’s future.

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