Colorado Politics reports Republicans take official position against oil and gas setbacks
Name of the measure: “Colorado Minimum Distance Requirements for New Oil and Gas Projects Initiative (2018)” aka Proposition #112.
Prop #112 is a Citizen Initiated State Statute proposal (not an amendment initiative) that will appear on your ballot. SOS Petition language submitted for initiative 97, The Oil and Gas setback requirement for development
A bit of FYI: An initiated state statute, also known as an initiative statute, is a new law that a state adopts via the ballot initiative process. The most common form of initiated state statute is when groups collect signatures and once those signatures are collected, election officials place the measure on the ballot for a vote. A less common form is the indirect initiated state statute. While there are important differences between an initiated state statute and an initiated constitutional amendment, they are not always clearly distinguished, and often both are referred to as simply “initiatives” or “propositions.”
Read more specifically on this measure
This initiative was designed to mandate that new oil and gas development, including fracking, be a minimum distance of 2,500 feet from occupied buildings and other areas designated as vulnerable. Vulnerable areas are defined by the initiative as “playgrounds, permanent sports fields, amphitheaters, public parks, public open space, public and community drinking water sources, irrigation canals, reservoirs, lakes, rivers, perennial or intermittent streams, and creeks, and any additional vulnerable areas designated by the state or a local government.”
The current restrictions as of June 2018 specify that wells must be 500 feet from homes.
* This issue is really about VERY LARGE Fracking limits designed to essentially ban fracking due to the scale of the (nearly a square mile/ 450 acre) setback requirements.
For perspective, this 2500 foot fracking setback area is about 5 times the area of Mile High stadium and the surrounding parking area.
* There would be millions of overlapping 450-acre circles of drilling bans which really equals one giant drilling ban.
* The supporter’s goal to impose a setback of 2500 foot from a designated vulnerable area is basically a radius of 450 acres surrounding any designated “vulnerable area”. This also includes in the language any “additional (undefined) vulnerable area designated by the state or local government”. This is vague enough to essentially ban all oil and gas development in Colorado.
* Current restrictions as of June 2018 specify that wells must be 500 feet from homes.
This ban is 25X larger than the current state standard
* It would affect 85% of state and private land statewide.
* Every single Democrat and Republican candidate for governor, before the primary, came out AGAINST Prop #112.
Impact on CO economy and household budgets:
* 150,000 jobs will be lost.
* State and local government stands to lose more than a billion annually in revenue.
* Directional / horizontal drilling would be cost prohibitive since the potential wells would be too far away to reach with the drill from some possible authorized location outside of the banned area.
Talking Points for Proposition #112 (2,500-foot setbacks)
• Over the last seven years, Colorado has continuously improved the state’s oil and natural gas regulations so that they are some of the strictest regulations in the nation
• Colorado’s current tough regulations require companies to work with local governments when planning oil and natural gas development and effectively protect the environment and the health and safety of all Coloradans.
• Dedicated to the responsible and safe development of oil and natural gas, the energy industry is doing things safer and cleaner than ever before.
What Proposition #112 would do:
• Proposition #112 is so extreme that it increases setbacks to five times the distance of what is currently required, which effectively bans oil and natural gas development in the state, costing tens of thousands of jobs, hundreds of millions in tax revenue, and would ripple through all segments of the economy.
• The setback distance of 2,500 feet was chosen to eliminate oil and natural gas development altogether, not to make operations safer. This is a ban on the oil and natural gas industry and the supporters of these initiatives are hiding their true intentions
• More than 140,000 jobs and $217 billion in economic activity over the next 15 years are at risk if this measure passes, according to a study of a similar ballot initiative released in July 2016 by the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business.
• Communities across the state will lose more than $1 billion dollars annually in revenues that are critical to state and local governments, schools and special districts. In fact, oil and natural gas contributed $839 million to K-12 schools in 2015 and 2016, and over the past eight years, the industry sent $615 million in severance tax to municipalities and counties for everything from new parks and recreational centers to funding public safety of local police and fire departments, and road improvements.
• Maintaining responsible and reliable production of oil and natural gas right here at home means we rely less on unstable, hostile foreign regimes. A 2,500-foot setback would not only severely limit Colorado’s energy production, it will make our energy security harder to achieve.
• If Coloradans can’t responsibly access oil and natural gas on state land, they may be forced to rely on federal lands to meet their energy needs, further opening the door to development on some of the state’s most pristine public lands.
• This setback measure is so broad that it creates the unintended consequence of empowering the state or any local government to designate additional vulnerable areas not included in the current definition. The door for lawsuits will be left wide open due to the ambiguity of the language in this measure.
• This initiative tells private property owners what they can and cannot do with their own land. It will cause the loss of property rights, hurt communities and cripple agriculture.
Democrats Divided Over Oil and Gas Setback Measure from the Western Wire
CAMRO and Property rights discussions
Anti-energy Initiative 97 threatens Colorado’s public schools – Opinion by Bob Schaffer in the Coloradoan
Looking For Supporters of Initiative 97 in Colorado? You’ll Hear Mostly Crickets from Energy in Depth
Potential oil & gas setback initiative could cost Colorado up to 100,000 jobs and billions in GDP from the Colorado Real Estate Journal
Listen to Bob Schaffer explain on the Jimmy Lakey show July 25th, 2018
Bob Schaffer comes on at minute 4:25 – He points out the significant decreased funding possibility for education with the huge loss of oil and gas revenues to the state if this passes. Listen to both segments.
Video of 3500 people stood on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol to celebrate the energy industry.
Dangers of Fracking ?:
State and federal public health and environmental regulators whose non-partisan job is to write and enforce the rules, as well as monitor public health data, (air, water…) have looked into all claims by the anti-oil and gas groups. Nothing about the facts of oil and gas development support arguments of safety claims to support this massive setback. ~ Simon Lomax, Vital for Colorado
Listen / Watch this very informative conversation on iHeart Radio’s 630KHOW with Ross Kaminsky. Ross interviews Simon Lomax from Vital for Colorado
Report: Oil and Gas Setback Proposal Would Mean ‘Staggering’ $180 Billion Loss For Colorado
Read more on the Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development website.
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