Proposition #112 – New Oil and Gas Setbacks

Mandates that new oil and gas development projects, including fracking, be a minimum distance of 2,500 feet from occupied buildings and other areas designated as vulnerable.

Details:

  • Mandates new oil and gas development, including fracking, be a minimum distance of 2,500 feet from occupied buildings and other areas designated as “vulnerable.”

          o 2500 feet is nearly ½ a mile – (about a mile radius) currently  there is a 500 ft setback

  • Affects occupied buildings – Homes, Schools, hospitals, etc.
  • In addition, vulnerable areas to include drainage ditches, irrigation canals streams, creeks, sports fields, “…and any additional vulnerable areas designated by the State or a local government”
  • Does not affect federal land
  • Does affect abandoned wells that would be brought back online for re-use

Cons:

  • The setback distance of 2,500 feet chosen to eliminate oil and natural gas development altogether

          o Shuts down 85% of non-federal land (private property)

  • More than 140,000 jobs would be lost
  • Hurts schools – Oil and natural gas contributed $839 million to K-12 schools in 2015 and 2016
  • Hurts government services – the oil and gas Industry contribute over $1B in tax revenue to the state budget every year
  • Dictates to private property owners what they can and cannot do with their own land.
  • These setbacks are based on a political agenda and not science or data.

Additional Information:

Douglas County Commissioners Oppose Prop #112
Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development
COGA Fact Sheet on Prop 112
Secretary of State information
Republicans take official position against setbacks

Map of Areas that will no longer be able to drill for natural gas –

Source – COGA

 

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