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April 16, 2008 06:01 PM UTC

San Miguel County pulls out of Club 20

  • by: Oliver

( – promoted by Colorado Pols)

Tired of riding what has become a one trick pony, San Miguel County is pulling out of Club 20.  The Sentinel reports:

San Miguel County leaving Club 20

Lobbying group has been taken over by energy industry, commissioner says

Club 20 has moved away from its roots as an organization of consensus and has become an arm of the energy industry, San Miguel County Commissioner Art Goodtimes wrote in a letter of resignation from the Western Slope advocacy group.

“I believed that Club meetings provided a valuable regional forum for diverse interests, and, at times in its 60-plus year history, this Western Slope institution has done exactly that,” Goodtimes wrote. “But not so currently.

“The club has been taken over by the oil and gas industry, from its recent leadership to its big-gun funders.”


Kathy Hall, also known as Kathy Halliburton, is well-known for her one-tune advocacy on behalf of the drillers.  

Her tight reign over Club 20 policy, and the abdication of leadership by the organization’s staff, puts the lie to the claim that Club 20 is “The Voice of the Western Slope.”

Club 20 fails to grasp that stacking its committees with industry-insiders (like Hall and her hand-picked replacement on the Mesa County commission, Craig Meis) will push out all those who have real concerns and issues to be addressed, real ‘voices of the Western Slope.’  

No matter how well-versed someone might be in the issues, no matter what concerns landowners, local governments, and conservationists might have about the mad rush to industrialize hundreds of thousands of acres of western Colorado, Hall is quick to criticize anyone and everyone who disagrees with her the one-sided agenda, even Mark Udall, who COGA will likely have to deal with as our next Senator.  

[Kathy] Hall is the West Slope representative of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, which has frequently been critical of Udall’s positions on drilling for natural gas on the Roan Plateau and elsewhere.

Hall, also a Republican and a former Mesa County commissioner, said she’d welcome the opportunity to accompany Udall on a swing through the West Slope.

That’s “because he has a lot to learn about energy and public lands,” she said.

Rather than being the voice of the Western Slope, Club 20 has become the voice of EnCana, Williams, El Paso Energy, ExxonMoble, Shell, and Halliburton.  Rather than being “Western Slope” voices, these companies are based in Canada, Oklahoma, Texas, The Hague, and Dubai.  

In his resignation letter, San Miguel Commissioner Art Goodtimes wrote:


Open letter to Reeves Brown and the Club 20 membership:

   I am sorry to have to end my decade-long association with Club 20.

   I thought I offered the Club a diverse perspective from one of the more economically successful counties on the Western Slope, and I did my best to work in partnership with other interests in order to arrive at collaborative positions appropriate to our far-flung membership. However, when an organization gives an officer a vote of no confidence, I believe that the only appropriate action is resignation.

…I believed that Club meetings provided a valuable regional forum for diverse interests and at times in its 60-plus year history this Western Slope institution has done exactly that. But not so currently. The Club has been taken over by the oil and gas industry, from its recent leadership to its big gun funders.

   Call it Club 19, from here on out. As far as I’m concerned, it no longer represents the voice of San Miguel County.


11 thoughts on “San Miguel County pulls out of Club 20

  1. I have followed CLub20 for years, was even a member for a while when Reeves appealed to conservationists to join.  After paying my $100 annual dues (steep for a Western Slope organization) I was barred from sitting on several committees I was interested in as they were ‘by invitation only.’  These committees were handpicked by then-chairwoman Halliburton and Williams Energy employee (and Energy Subcommittee chair) Dave Cesark.  Club20 is a shill for industry.  Described as the heart of Club so, the policy committees do the work, draft and forward the resolutions, that craft Club 20’s policy.  In addition to Cesark who runs the Energy Subcommittee, the Public Lands Subcommittee is run by Gunnison Energy Corporation employee Kathy Welt.  The Natural Resources committee is run by Marianna Raftopolis, another consultant with the oil and gas industry.  

  2. with Action 22’s Energy Committee.  Action 22 represents 22 southern and southeastern Colorado counties, and is modeled after Club 20.  Diversity in membership and points of view has always been one of Action 22’s great strengths.  If it’s true that one of its committees is no more than a voice for the extraction industry, it will damage Action 22’s ability to be a player on the state stage.

  3. In recent years, the organization more often than not has championed the causes of certain Western Slope Republicans to the exclusion of all others. Now, it has become a lobbying organization for the energy industry, whose excesses are becoming increasingly unpopular among the general population. It’s time for local governments to stop spending public money to pay their dues to the organization. If individuals want to pony up, they can do so, but don’t use tax money for it. Perhaps Club 20 — er, I mean Club 19 — has run its course. Let’s start the countdown: Club 19, 18, 17, 16, 15 …

    1. A long time back I was invited to give a presentation to club 20 about the Denver Summit of the Eight and I went.  I wish I hadn’t – the people I spoke to were completely rude and dismissive, and ignorant to boot.  

      I remember driving down to the meeting location near Ouray and saw a John Birch billboard after leaving GJ. Should’ve turned around there.  

      1. Besides, you can drive just about anywhere in Colorado and find offbeat political elements. Ever listen to that nutty right-wing radio station in Johnstown? Ever meet the Posse Comitatus folks in rural southeastern Colorado? You can also find ignorant people throughout the state, but I won’t name names.

  4. the diverse voices and interests of the people of the Western Slope. Thus, they shouldn’t be surprised when they are not given respect by the Governor and legislators that they are trying to lobby.

    Perhaps they should rename themselves COGA-19?

    1. they don’t give the counties a voice as it is.

      Headline should have been “COGA expands board”

      And what’s going with the AG’s office demanding drilling be stop due to safety concerns? I briefly heard something about it, but perhaps someone on this thread could us an update.

    1. Its a natural gas gathering pipeline, and Suthers has basically sought to enjoin four companies responsible.  I wrote a diary on it yesterday and another that has a photo of the big melting ice & mud pile that is at the center of all this.

  5. Action 22 Energy Committee, as well as all the other organization’s committees, has an open process providing a venue to ANY member of the organization to provide input to the discussion and debate of issues.   Meetings are posted well in advance.  No one industry nor one county area’s membership can “take over” the organization as protections are in place.

    Encourage folks to actually become involved in the organizations’ processes before criticizing an organization.    

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