Pennsylvania and Colorado face similar policy challenges
As part of the Allegheny Conference's leadership exchange trip to Denver, more than 40 business and civic leaders met with Colorado energy and sustainability experts to learn what lessons could be brought back to Pittsburgh.
The group learned that Colorado adopted regulations intended to eliminate any leakage of methane from pipelines, compressors, and other equipment earlier this year. The regulations were developed through negotiations between drillers (most notably Andarko and Noble Energy) and environmentalists (most notably the Environmental Defense Fund).
Colorado could also be facing a number of constitutional referenda this fall intended to limit fracking, including giving local municipalities the power to prohibit the practice. In Pennsylvania, this issue was raised in the PA Supreme Court's ruling last December, which vacated portions of Act 13.