Denver, CO – Energy producers gathered in Denver for a summit this week say they need to do more so lawsuits and other obstacles don't tie up vital resources on Western public lands.
Environmentalists and people facing drilling on or near their land say the pace of energy development is skyrocketing. But industry representatives say lawsuits and protests are making it harder for them to get leases on public lands.
One lawyer suggested that energy companies head off lawsuits by hiring outside experts versed in "sound science" and pointing out potential problems to public officials.
Ken Wonstolen, a leader of the Colorado trade group co-sponsoring the meeting, says the industry needs to get its message to the public in the face of growing alliances among traditional environmentalists and hunters and anglers.