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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to co-host shale conference in Colorado

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will co-host a shale development forum in Colorado next week sponsored by the National Governors Association.
BY JAY F. MARKS Business Writer Modified: September 7, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: September 7, 2013

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and her Colorado counterpart will host a two-day forum next week on the development of shale energy.

Fallin is chairwoman of the National Governors Association. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is vice chairman. Together they are hosting a forum in Broomfield, Colo., focused on responsible development of natural gas resources.

The event, which starts Monday, is expected to draw energy executives, policymakers and state regulators from around the country.

“We're going to be talking about many different subjects, from the promise and the pitfalls of shale energy,” Fallin said. “We're certainly going to be discussing environmental and social risks from the expanding industry and how we can be good stewards of our land and water.”

The Republican governor said the forum will focus on how states can work together to use best practices to bolster the energy industry, while enacting “smart regulations” to address environmental and health concerns.

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy will be part of a panel discussion Tuesday on handling wastewater contamination and seismicity risks.

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