The governor spoke out a day after he abandoned the effort to find a legislative compromise to keep the measures off the November ballot.
Gov. John Hickenlooper had worked with a team of "willing partners" on legislation that would have granted more control to local municipalities.
The governor is trying to broker a deal to avoid ballot measures restricting drilling. A key interest group signed on amid controversy, but some legislators are unsupportive.
A new study links the spike in earthquakes in central Oklahoma to huge amounts of wastewater pumped underground by oil and gas operators.
Supporters of ballot measures to give more control to local governments over drilling will be able to gather signatures for all six of their proposed measures.
Governor John Hickenlooper is floating a draft bill that would give local governments greater authority over oil and gas development.
In his regular conversation with CPR, Governor John Hickenlooper delves into some of the big issues sitting on his desk right now.
The governor says he's working seven days a week head off a divisive election battle over the future of oil and gas development in Colorado.
Our series, Fracking and Water: The Ripple Effect, investigates how much water is used, recycled, transported and disposed of in Colorado.