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Colorado Ballots Arrive During Massive TV-Radio Ad Blitz

Colorado Ballots Arrive During Massive TV-Radio Ad Blitz

Both sides of 112 are advertising on Spotify as ballots are being delivered The advertising messages to vote ‘No on Prop 112’ are everywhere you look and listen on Denver area TV and radio. The stakes are high for the oil and gas industry and its workers if Proposition 112 passes. Proposition 112 is the 2018 citizen-initiated ballot initiative backed by numerous climate groups. Proposition 112 seeks to impose 2,500-foot minimum drilling setbacks from all occupied structures, water sources wet or dry, playgrounds, open spaces and any other vulnerable areas as declared by state or local government in Colorado at any time. The ballot measure would increase the distance from homes for all new oil and gas operations by a factor of five… Login or click here to subscribe Username or E-mail Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

Colorado’s Damaging Setbacks: Six Weeks Will Tell the Tale

Colorado’s Damaging Setbacks: Six Weeks Will Tell the Tale

Upcoming TV debate showcases thinking on both sides of the setback issue There is a storm cloud of potential upheaval facing Colorado’s oil and gas regulator (the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission—COGCC) this fall. On the leading edge is a contentious ballot issue that’s going to be in front of voters between mid-October and Nov. 6. Proposition 112 is at the epicenter of the storm. Proposition 112 asks voters to approve an idea in the name of health and safety. A required 2,500-foot minimum setback for all new oil and gas development in Colorado. Sounds harmless. In a casual conversation with a non-scientific sample of Colorado voters, our reporter asked if people would vote for or against that measure. One of the respondents said, “Why would anyone vote against that?” It takes the state’s present 500-foot drilling setback from homes and 1,000 feet from schools, hospitals and other high-occupancy[Read More…]

Colorado’s 2,500-Foot Setback Zipped by a Deadline on Friday Sept. 7

Colorado’s 2,500-Foot Setback Zipped by a Deadline on Friday Sept. 7

Setback measure named Proposition 112 on the Nov. ballot Friday Sept. 7 was one of the upcoming deadlines on the life path of initiative #97—the 2,500-foot mandatory statewide oil and gas setback. That was the last day for designated representatives of an initiative petition to withdraw the petition from consideration by filing a withdrawal letter with Secretary of State. This had to be done no later than 60 days before the petition is to be voted upon, according to the Secretary of State’s election calendar. If a political deal had been struck with the people behind 97 that resulted in the initiative being pulled by its backers, it had to happen by Friday, Sept. 7. But apparently no deal was in the offing, because Friday came and went with 97 intact. For the November ballot, initiative 97 is now to be known as Proposition 112 Henceforth, when it appears on[Read More…]

Colorado Initiative 97 Hands Local Governments the Power to Bar Drilling

Colorado Initiative 97 Hands Local Governments the Power to Bar Drilling

A deeper look at initiative 97 If Colorado voters choose to stop drilling by passing initiative #97 on Nov. 6, the economic ramifications are deep – Colorado governor has no veto power over the measure Nine weeks from today Colorado’s voters will have the opportunity to vote ‘Yes’ on a measure that will essentially shut down new drilling, workovers and fracing operations in the U.S.’s fifth largest natural gas-producing and seventh largest oil-producing state — initiative 97. But the proposal that would do so which successfully collected enough signatures statewide to land a new mandatory 2,500-foot setback on the Nov. 6 ballot also hands the ability to bar oil and gas drilling to county commissioners and town councils anywhere in Colorado. Initiative 97 mandates that the current setbacks—500 feet from homes, 1,000 feet from schools and hospitals—be increased to 2,500 feet, minimum, from all vulnerable areas as defined in the[Read More…]

Colorado Setback Measure—Initiative 97—Makes the Ballot

Colorado Setback Measure—Initiative 97—Makes the Ballot

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced that the setback measure for oil and gas development has qualified to be on the November 6 statewide ballot. The measure would mandate that new oil and gas development, including fracing, be a minimum distance of 2,500 feet from occupied buildings, waterways and other areas designated as “vulnerable.” Backers of Initiative 97 submitted signatures on Aug. 6 for the measure. A 5-percent random sample of the submitted signatures projected the number of valid signatures to be greater than 110 percent of the total number of signatures required for placement on the ballot, the Secretary of State’s office said in a press release. Petition verification summary for No. 97: Total number of qualified signatures submitted 172,834 5% of qualified signatures submitted (random sample) 8,642 Total number of entries accepted (valid) from the random sample 6,160 Total number of entries rejected (invalid) from the random sample 2,482 Number[Read More…]

Photo: Free Range Longmont -- Drilling near Mead, Colorado

Climate Groups Prepare Oil & Gas Setback Initiative for 2018 Colorado Ballot

Another 2,500 setback initiative The climate activist groups 350.org and Colorado Rising, a coalition of grassroots groups and activists who worked on 2016’s unsuccessful ballot initiative to amend the Colorado constitution with mandatory 2,500-foot setbacks for oil and gas operations in Colorado, are preparing to launch what they described as “a successful ballot initiative effort in 2018 armed with all the knowledge we acquired last year.” In an email sent today, 350.org said in 2018 it will run a statewide statutory ballot initiative that “protects public health and safety from fracking.” Initiative seeks to establish 2,500-foot buffer zones around homes, schools, and “other vulnerable areas, including water sources and playgrounds” The email said that ballot language had been submitted “to establish buffer zones of 2,500 feet between new oil and gas operations and occupied buildings, such as homes and schools, and other vulnerable areas, including water sources and playgrounds.” This[Read More…]

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End of the Shale Boom in Colorado?

Remember this Number: #78 Hydraulic Fracturing Effectively Shuts Down in Colorado if Initiative #78 Passes: COGCC Report Roughly 90% of Colorado – 60 Million Acres – would be Taken Out of Play by Proposed Mandatory Setback As a record 38 million Americans took to the nation’s highways for a Memorial Day weekend trip fueled by cheap $2.28 gasoline, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) issued a stunning report that details the impact of ballot initiative #78, a move to severely limit surface use for new oil and gas operations including hydraulic fracturing. 2016 initiatives seeking inclusion on the ballot this fall are currently in the signature-collecting phase through August 3rd. Initiative #78 is one of them. Initiative #78 in a Nutshell Colorado ballot initiative #78 proposes an amendment to the state’s constitution that would require a 2500-foot mandatory setback between an oil and gas development facility (including oil and gas wells, injection wells, production[Read More…]