Gov. John Hickenlooper Friday announced the appointment of eight new members to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission charged with balancing the state’s energy needs with its conservation goals.
Six members of the commission are new to the job while two have been reappointed from the previous commission, whose terms expired on July 1 of this year.
The six new members of the commission are: Fort Lupton Mayor Tommy E. Holton, Rex Energy Corp. Rockies Division Vice President and General Manager John Benton, ConocoPhillips/Burlington Resources Manager of State Government Affairs W. Perry Pearce, Hogan Lovells attorney Andrew Lawrence Spielman, Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources Mike King, Executive Director of the Department of Public Health and Environment Dr. Chris Urbina, Compton Cattle Company owner and manager Thomas Compton and environmental scientist Richard D. Alward, both re-appointments.
A ninth commissioner, Dolly Ann “DeAnn” Craig, an Adjunct Professor in Petroleum Engineering at Colorado School of Mines, will continue her term that is set to expire on July 1, 2012.
The commission’s job, according to the governor’s office, is to “(promote) the responsible development of Colorado’s oil and gas natural resources by balancing the efficient exploration and production of oil and gas resources, the prevention of waste and the protection of the public health, environment and mineral owners’ rights.”
The new commissioners, who are each slated to serve a four-year term ending on July 1, 2015, now await confirmation by the Colorado Senate.
“Different voices and a united spirit of collaboration are key to the success of the commission,” Hickenlooper said in a statement. “We are confident this group will help serve the industry, land owners and the environment well as it navigates through issues that are important to both the state’s economy and protection of Colorado’s beautiful landscapes.”
Also on Friday, Hickenlooper appointed four new members to the state’s Early Childhood Leadership Commission, which identifies opportunities and possible barriers to state and federal early childhood policies and procedures, particularly those that affect the health and well-being of Colorado’s children from birth to age 8 and their families.
The new members are: Department of Human Services designee Reggie Bicha, Office of Information Technology designee Jim Lynn, Office of Economic Development designee David Ferrill and Director of the Head Start State Collaboration in the Lt. Governor’s office Heather Tritten.
Serving as co-chairperson of the commission will be Bicha, Anna Jo Haynes (representing private, non-profit entites) and Patrick Hamill (representing the business sector). Both Hayes and Hamill were reappointed by Hickenlooper to the commission.
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