Press Release 3/18

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Coloradans Go the Extra Mile to Talk Facts on Fracking 

CRED announces former governors, senator and house leader join
its diverse coalition and grassroots mission

(DENVER) – Today, Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED) announced former Colorado governors Roy Romer (D-CO), Bill Owens (R-CO), former U.S. Senator Hank Brown (R-CO), and former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives Terrance Carroll (D-Denver) have joined as the organization’s Chairs.  This bi-partisan group of distinguished political leaders joins CRED in its public education and outreach mission of building awareness regarding the importance of fracking, and its continued role in responsible oil and natural gas development in Colorado.  Romer, Owens, Brown and Carroll are joining as honorary Chairs to CRED’s newly formed Advisory Committee created to assist and counsel the Board of Directors.

“The need for more education about fracking is well recognized, and we believe CRED is the right vehicle, at the right time, to broadly share this information with Coloradans,” said governors Romer and Owens, who joined CRED to lend their deep background and valuable experiences toward guiding the effort.  “Coloradans value informed discussions and participation in the political process. CRED was developed to move Colorado past the influx of misinformation and set the record straight on fracking.”

“As governors, we’ve had the privilege of working firsthand with our state regulatory agencies to ensure oil and natural gas is being responsibly developed here.  But not enough of our fellow Coloradans know that, and we felt obligated to publicly reject the false choice being presented to Coloradans — that we have to choose either energy production or a pristine environment.  The truth is we can have both,” said Romer and Owens.

“The good news, in Colorado especially, is that there are high standards and model regulations in place to protect the health and safety of our communities,” added former Senator Brown and Speaker Carroll. “We’re proud to join this organization because we are, and have been for years, Coloradans for responsible energy development,” they continued.

Additionally, CRED announced its Advisory Committee, further strengthening CRED’s commitment to the state of Colorado by tapping into the insight and guidance of the following leaders, who will help guide the organization’s education activities:

  • Chad Auer, Mayor of Firestone
  • John Barry, former Superintendent, Aurora Public Schools
  • John Brackney, CEO, South Metro Chamber
  • Kelly Brough, President and CEO, Denver Metro Chamber
  • Rob Cohen, CEO, IMA Financial
  • Terry Fankhauser, Executive Vice President, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association
  • Cathy Garcia, President and CEO, Action 22
  • Diedra Garcia, President and CEO, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver
  • Barbara Kirkmeyer, Weld County Commissioner
  • Jim Martin, Former EPA Region 8 Administrator
  • Dr. Nancy McCallin, President, Colorado Community College System
  • Chad McWhinney, CEO, McWhinney Enterprises
  • Wendy Mitchell, President and CEO, Aurora Economic Development Council
  • Bruce Rau, Director of Land Development, Oakwood Homes
  • David Tabor, Senior Vice President, Business Partnerships, Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry (CACI)
  • Ted Trimpa, CEO, Trimpa Group LLC
  • Tamra Ward, President and CEO, Colorado Concern
  • Chad Vorthmann, Executive Vice President, Colorado Farm Bureau

“It’s a testament to the importance of a vibrant oil and natural gas industry in Colorado to have these talented individuals join the CRED movement, and to receive the overwhelming support from every sector in Colorado asking to be a part of this coalition,” said Scott Moore of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Ted D. Brown of Noble Energy, CRED’s founding Board members.

“CRED began its robust public education effort seven months ago with a simple and clear message: share the facts on fracking to ensure Coloradans have science-based information to make an informed decision.  We have high expectations for this effort, and it’s gratifying that CRED has reached this kind of magnitude this quickly,” they continued.

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, fracing and/or hydro-fracking, is a brief and temporary phase that typically lasts only three to five days, but is essential to today’s advanced oil and natural gas drilling development process. Fracking increases domestic energy production in Colorado, ultimately reducing energy costs to consumers and supporting thousands of Colorado jobs.  The oil and natural gas produced from fracking has become an important revenue source that, if eliminated, would cripple the federal, state and local governments.

Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED) is funded by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Noble Energy, two independent oil and natural gas companies.  Anadarko and Noble Energy are like many of the other businesses that continually reinvest their capital dollars back into growing their businesses, as well as the local communities in which their employees live and work.  As leaders in the oil and natural gas industry, they are among the most technically qualified to explain the practice of hydraulic fracturing in Colorado.  Learn more about Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development at


About CRED:

CRED is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization governed by a board of directors and counseled by an Advisory Committee with a strong commitment to the state of Colorado and its local communities providing insight and guidance for the direction of the organization’s education activities and is designed to include a variety of important industry sectors in Colorado.  Learn more at

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