Ballot Initiative Would Be a Setback to Colorado's Energy Progress

July 12, 2018

Barely four weeks ago, we highlighted the many ways in which responsible, well-regulated natural gas and oil development is benefiting life in Colorado - protecting the environment and public health and creating jobs and opportunity while providing significant support for public services including the state's education system. Now, an anti-development group is attempting to dismantle Colorado's progress.

The group, calling itself "Colorado Rising," is gathering signatures for a ballot initiative that would bar natural gas and oil development from the vast majority of private and state-owned land.

Initiative 97's 2,500-foot setback provision - similar to a 2016 initiative that didn't collect enough signatures to be included on the November ballot that year - would designate buffer zones around occupied structures and "vulnerable" areas, prohibiting natural gas and oil development in those zones.

The impact on energy development would be significant, according to an assessment by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). Colorado Petroleum Council Executive Director Tracee Bentley...

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