2010 elections: Hickenlooper tours the west slope

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From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (John Colson):

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper said on Friday that, if elected governor of Colorado, he would work to cut government red tape for businesses and to get warring factions of the state’s water users to work together on critical water issues…

“There must be some way to protect the heritage landscapes that make Colorado what it is, but at the same time … maybe we end up with a little bit of oil and gas in a few places where it might really mar the landscape,” he mused. “But in most cases, the oil and gas is where we’ve already got roads, we’ve already got oil production. And the question is, how to we do it and make sure that we don’t harm the ranches or the citizens around it?”

Examples of his environmental ethic, he said, include efforts to get natural gas companies to reveal all the chemical components they use in hydraulic fracturing fluids, which has been the focus of intense debate concerning possible contamination of ground water supplies in the drilling process.

Also, he pointed to what he described as a 20 percent reduction, per capita, in water consumption rates in Denver, as a way of avoiding the need to poach water from the Western Slope.

More coverage from The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon):

“What makes Denver Denver is the success of the West Slope,” Hickenlooper said at the Mesa County Democratic Assembly in the Central High School auditorium. “You would be amazed at how many people who live in Denver would really rather live in Grand Junction.”

During his tenure as mayor of Denver, he changed the culture of the Denver Water board to encourage water conservation, a development cheered by the Mesa County Democrats. “Every drop of water that can possibly be kept on the West Slope should be kept on the West Slope,” Hickenlooper said.

More 2010 Colorado elections coverage here.

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