Michael Sandoval, Original Report

Fracking Commission Set to Meet Next Week

The first official meeting of Governor John Hickenlooper’s new oil and gas task force–also known as the fracking commission–is set for September 25.

A low-key meeting at the Governor’s Mansion just two days after the 21-member commission was announced drew half of the appointed members on September 10, as reported by the Denver Business Journal.

After brief comments from Hickenlooper encouraging “compromises,” the casual meeting turned to getting acquainted, DBJ‘s Cathy Proctor wrote.

The oil and gas task force will convene at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife facility at 6060 Broadway next Thursday. A starting time and duration have not been announced, Colorado Department of Natural Resources’ Todd Hartman told Complete Colorado by email.

“That meeting and all subsequent meetings will be open to the public,” Hartman wrote. Media will be allowed to audio and video record the meeting, he continued.

A new website containing “task force meetings, times, locations, agendas and documents associated with the task force’s activities” will be made available, but will not launch until early next week, according to Hartman.

Complete Colorado asked about transparency issues surrounding the commission–whether or not members would be given state emails and whether those emails or any emails issued from a private, personal account would be subject to Colorado’s Open Records Act requests.

“At this stage, there are no plans to assign the task force state email addresses, but any emails they send involving task force activities would be subject to CORA. Further, the initial meeting will include a briefing from a deputy Attorney General, who will provide the task force an overview on open meetings and records, so that they understand the environment within which they are operating,” Hartman wrote.


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