Curry, industry may be nearing compromise on surface use bill |

Curry, industry may be nearing compromise on surface use bill

DENNIS WEBBgarfiled county correspondent

A Colorado House of Representatives committee delayed action Wednesday on proposed surface use compensation legislation amid signs that the oil and gas industry might be agreeable to a compromise version.State Rep. Kathleen Curry, D-Gunnison, welcomed news that BP Amoco proposed what she considers to be minor and probably acceptable amendments to her House Bill 1185.”It was a really exciting concept because here we had a member of industry supporting 1185 with what I would consider just peripheral changes,” she said.Meanwhile, an industry trade group, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association, is working on new language of its own to address the issue.The House Transportation and Energy Committee had been scheduled to hear remaining testimony and possibly vote on Curry’s bill Wednesday. However, state Rep. Jack Pommer, the committee’s chairman, postponed resumption of the hearing in light of the ongoing discussions over the bill between varying interests. A hearing now is expected sometime next week.Curry said the delay will give members of the original coalition behind her bill time to consider the proposed changes.

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