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Colorado Energy Group



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For Immediate Release:

May 4, 2008


Contact: Niger Innis

(212) 598-4000





Niger Innis, spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, said the new group, Colorado Consumers for Affordable Energy, would be led by Bishop Phillip H. Porter Jr. He said the debate between environmentalists and industry over regulations leaves out consumers."


When the industry gets a cold because of taxes or regulation, my community gets a flu. That's not easy to recover from," Innis said at a news conference with two state lawmakers concerned about new regulations being drafted for the oil and gas industry in Colorado.


The news conference was organized with the help of Golden-based Americans for American Energy, which supports more domestic energy production, a day before the joint House and Senate agriculture committee was set to discuss the energy regulations. Industry representatives say their expertise and experience were ignored in drafting the new regulations, which aren't expected to be released until later this month or April.


Rep. Terrance Carroll, D-Denver, said CORE has a strong history of supporting civil rights.


Former state representative Rob Fairbank, a political consultant, filed the incorporation papers for the group with the secretary of state's office.


Rep. Wes McKinley and Sen. Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, said they were drafting a resolution asking for the industry to review the new rules to find out how much they could impact energy prices if they decrease production.


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