Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development

Website: https://www.cred.org/

Mission Statement

“Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED) was created to help educate Coloradans about fracking’s energy, economic and environmental benefits. Even though the oil and natural gas industry has utilized fracking for more than 70 years, many Coloradans admit to not knowing or understanding what it involves. We’re here to change that.”

Summary

CRED is an organization started by Anadarko Petroleum and Noble Energy to loosen standards for drilling on public lands. CRED has opposed bans on drilling moratoriums and other citizen-led initiatives to limit oil and gas development. The group has ties to Protect Colorado (legal name: Protecting Colorado’s Environment, Economy, And Energy Independence) and PacWest, a political public relations and communications firm.

Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy

CRED Was Founded to Help Big Oil and Gas Companies Improve their Public Image.

A Report on the 2017 Firestone Home Explosion Identified Anadarko and Noble Energy as Funders of Groups Including CRED and Protect Colorado to Influence Public Perception. In the report released in 2018 about the 2017 explosion at a home which killed two men and seriously injured a woman, it was alleged that Anadarko failed to spend enough money to properly remediate oil and gas wells that they knew were safety hazards and had spent “tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars via CRED, Protect Colorado and other pathways of influence in their effort to persuade the public of their commitment to ‘responsible energy development,’ which now appears to be perhaps the biggest myth of all.” [Rico Moore, “‘Sportsmen’ beware,” Boulder Weekly, 06/07/18]

CRED Has Been Linked to a Registered Agent with Ties to Host of Conservative Groups Pushing a Pro-Oil and Gas Agenda. CRED was linked to Katie/Katherine Kennedy, who is listed as an agent for nearly 60 conservative groups (including Protect Colorado), via the Greenley for a Better Economy group, which was involved in a local election “where oil and gas development” was an issue. [Daniel Glick, “FRACTURED: Undermining Broomfield,” Colorado Independent, 10/30/17]

CRED Has Focused on Opposing Drilling Moratoriums and Other Citizen-Led Initiatives to Limit Oil and Gas Development.

In 2014, CRED Canvassed Against Any Towns that Considered Moratoria on Drilling. “With $10 million dollars in ‘media reserve’ in late 2014, CRED ran ads in the U.S. Senate race between Mark Udall and Cory Gardner and mobilized industry foot soldiers to canvass when any new towns started signaling that they, too, might want to pass moratoria on drilling.” [Daniel Glick and Kelsey Ray, “FRACTURED: Part I, Who’s behind ‘decline to sign’ efforts?,” Colorado Independent, 07/27/16]

CRED Focused on the Fort Collins City Council in 2015 to Halt a Possible Fracking Ban. In 2015, the industry group made ‘a preemptive strike in Fort Collins,’ which involved ‘making sure that the right city council members got elected to the city council to stop a potential fracking ban,’ according to the transcript” of a 2015 speech by Mark Truax of PAC/WEST Communications and CRED. [Daniel Glick and Kelsey Ray, “FRACTURED: Part I, Who’s behind ‘decline to sign’ efforts?,” Colorado Independent, 07/27/16]

CRED Supported Amending the Colorado Constitution in 2016 to Halt Measures Aimed at Restricting Fracking and Oil and Gas Extractions. CRED aided in the passage of Colorado Amendment 71 in 2016, “making it far more difficult for citizens to amend the Colorado Constitution via the initiative process. The bill was viewed as a way to halt setback measures and other restrictions on fracking and oil and gas extraction near homes, schools, hospitals, water supplies, etc. Amendment 71 was largely driven by the oil and gas industry but was also supported by the health care industry, which is trying to protect its profits from any additional citizen-initiated attempts to put a single payer system on the ballot in Colorado. ” [Rico Moore, “‘Sportsmen’ beware,” Boulder Weekly, 06/07/18]

CRED Has Repeatedly Worked to Block Citizen-Led Initiatives to Limit on Oil and Gas Development. “CRED, an oil and gas industry-funded group…was deeply involved in the…successful efforts to block citizen-sponsored initiatives to limit residential oil and gas development.” [Daniel Glick, “FRACTURED: Undermining Broomfield,” Colorado Independent, 10/30/17]

Lobbying and Political Contributions

Not listed as lobbyist or client in Colorado

[Source: Colorado Secretary of State, Online Lobbyist System] 

No contributions to politicians

Revenue

2016: $7,525,435

2015: $9,391,933

2014: $16,963,578

2013: $4,535,218

[Source: Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development Form 990, 2014-16]

Expenses

2016: $7,525,435

2015: $9,383,676

2014: $17,071,308

2013: $4,445,618

[Source: Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development Form 990, 2014-16]

Significant Expenses

Salaries:

2016: $90,480

2015: $136,843

Payment to PACWEST (marketing expenses) in 2016:

Campaign Strategy & Mgmt: $1,485,045

Public Opinion & Creative Development: $715,359

Public/Media Relations: $115,401

Coalition Building/Outreach: $2,360,268

Paid Outreach/Advertising: $2,738,784

Total: $7,414,857

[Source: Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development Form 990, 2016]

PACWEST Payment for marketing in 2015

Total: $9,200,000

[Source: Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development Form 990, 2015]

Payment to PACWEST (marketing expenses) in 2014

Campaign Mgmt: $756,502

Media Relations: $731,592

Coalition Building/Outreach: $3,640,192

Research Message Testing: $719,052

Professional Fees $550,000

Total $6,397,338

[Source: Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development Form 990, 2014]