Proposition #112: Republicans take official position against oil & gas setbacks

Colorado Politics reports Republicans take official position against oil and gas setbacks
(this was formerly known at Initiative #97)

Name of the measure: “Colorado Minimum Distance Requirements for New Oil and Gas Projects Initiative (2018)” aka Prop #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.”

Per Ballotpedia:
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.

Impact Statements:

* 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.

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

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