Moffat County Commissioner Kinkaid meets with executive offices in Washington D.C. |

Moffat County Commissioner Kinkaid meets with executive offices in Washington D.C.

Patrick Kelly

Amidst growing concern over the jumble of environmental regulations converging on Northwest Colorado, John Kinkaid, Moffat County Commission chairman, headed to Washington, D.C. last week.

On Thursday morning, he spoke to representatives from the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and the Environmental Protection Agency.

“I tried to tell Moffat County’s story as best I could,” Kinkaid said.

Over the past few months, emission regulations, federal regulations on sage grouse habitat and a federal judge’s ruling threatening to close Colowyo coal mine have all taken center stage in Northwest Colorado.

“I told them my constituents are scared,” Kinkaid said. “It just seems that the federal government has put a bull’s-eye on Moffat County.”

Representatives of U.S. Senators Cory Gardner, Michael Bennet and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton accompanied Kinkaid, who booked the trip on his own dime. John Davidson, Bennet’s chief of staff, was also in attendance.

“We’re glad we were able to make the meeting happen. We want to make sure that the very real concerns of these communities are heard and considered by the administration,” Bennet’s deputy communications director Philip Clelland wrote in an email.

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the Westminster-based company that owns Craig Station and Colowyo mine, was also invited to participate in the meeting.

Tri-State staff assisted county officials with background on issues related to their operations, which are an important part of the county’s energy economy and employment base, said Lee Boughey, Tri-State’s senior manager of corporate communications and public affairs.

Kinkaid said the representatives of the executive offices at the meeting just listened and took notes.

Reach Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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