Curry postpones vote on surface-use bill |

Curry postpones vote on surface-use bill

A vote planned for Monday on a Colorado bill governing surface-use compensation for natural-gas development has been delayed.State Rep. Kathleen Curry, D-Gunnison, said she has postponed the vote scheduled for the House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee due to requests from bill proponents. Curry is chair of the committee.She said she remains eager to bring the measure to a vote as soon as possible. Although many House bills had faced earlier deadlines for committee votes, Curry has been able to delay a vote on her legislation with the permission of House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. She has been looking at how the bill can be amended to win more legislative support.The bill aims to force energy developers to reach surface-use agreements with landowners before drilling begins. The goal is to address concerns over issues such as well-pad placement, and ensure reasonable reimbursement for surface damages.The energy industry maintains the measure would unduly delay drilling and drive up natural-gas costs.The energy industry maintains the measure would unduly delay drilling and drive up natural-gas costs.

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