Houpt COGCC confirmation postponed | PostIndependent.com

Houpt COGCC confirmation postponed

Phillip YatesPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

DENVER A state Senate vote to confirm six new Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission members, which some expected to come Friday, is now planned for some time next week.Garfield County Commissioner Trsi Houpt, who has been serving on the agencys commission for several months but who has yet to be confirmed, said she was told on Thursday that the vote was being delayed.Deb Frazier, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, said the confirmation vote was expected some time next week.The reason to move the vote until next week wasnt immediately known late Friday.Last month, the Democratic-controlled Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee approved but on a party line, 4-to-3 vote sending a motion to the full Senate that recommended senators approve the confirmation of Houpt and five other people as COGCC commissioners.In July, Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter named Houpt as one of several new members to the COGCC. Lawmakers last year altered the commissions role, expanded it to nine members from seven and added new requirements for member expertise and backgrounds.Also up for confirmation are: Richard D. Alward of Grand Junction as a member with experience in soil conservation; Thomas L. Compton of Hesperus as a member engaged in agriculture; Mark D. Cutright of Aurora as a member with oil and gas experience; Michael P. Dowling of Denver because of his environmental and wildlife experience; Joshua B. Epel of Greenwood Village for experience in the oil and gas industry.Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117pyates@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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