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From the Denver Post Editorial Board

Every one of 11 ballot initiatives filed last week with the state by foes of hydraulic fracturing has the potential to cripple oil and gas drilling in Colorado, and most almost certainly would do so.

Several initiatives mandate setbacks of 4,000 feet between any well and an occupied structure or “area of special concern,” defined as everything from a sports field to public open space. If you drew a radius of 4,000 feet around every occupied structure or area of special concern in, say, Weld County, where much of this decade’s drilling boom has occurred, you’d eliminate the bulk of potential drilling sites.

A setback of that magnitude comes suspiciously close to a ban. And this from alleged advocates of local control.

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