To meet Colorado’s future energy needs, the state should embrace fracking and develop critical infrastructure that will support sustainable growth, a group of business school students told a panel at the 2014 Case for Colorado forum on April 25. The students also recommended developing training and certification programs as well as increasing regulatory compliance and improving the public image of fracking.
The forum brought together top-performing undergraduate students from business colleges at the University of Colorado, Colorado State University and the University of Denver to consider creative ideas for the state’s energy needs. Each five-student team was selected by college deans and professors based on academic performance.
The event, hosted by consulting firm RAS & Associates and regional trade association Western Energy Alliance, was sponsored by Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED).
“The decisions made in 2014 about energy development and public policies will impact our industry and, ultimately, consumers for many years,” says Tim Wigley, president at Western Energy Alliance. “This competitive format allows students to step outside of academia and to grapple with solving real-world challenges our industry faces daily.”
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This article was written by Tonya McMurray, a writer for The Denver Post
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