It’s no secret that some E&Ps in the Rockies have faced headwinds specific to the region. Opponents of energy, for example, have tried hard to restrict industry activity in Colorado through ballot initiatives. While the most recent such attempt was defeated, Democrat-led legislative action has altered the industry landscape, opening the door to meaningfully greater local control.

Some optimists argue that reduced uncertainty, in itself, can offer a more attractive environment for E&Ps—even if many of the more restrictive measures are unpalatable. In addition, it has often been the case that E&Ps are already used to working with local community leaders in the course of business. But this is not to ignore the cloud left hanging over the industry in Colorado of late.

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