Anti-fracking protesters gather outside the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center.(Photo: CATHY PROCTOR | DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL)
DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Eleven
separate ballot proposals aimed at Colorado's oil and gas industry — including increasing setbacks to 4,000 feet and a statewide ban on the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — have been filed with the state's Legislative Council, the first step to getting on the 2016 ballot.
If approved by voters, the proposed measures would make it extremely difficult for energy companies to find locations to drill new oil and gas wells in Colorado. Some of the proposals, if approved, also could restrict local officials' abilities to approve new homes and neighborhoods.
An oil and gas industry group formed in 2014 to fight similar proposals said in a statement Wednesday that the proposals, "aimed at destroying responsible oil and natural gas development in Colorado, are extreme, irresponsible and devastating to Colorado's economy."
"These measures are so radical they would kill jobs, ignore established laws, devastate Colorado's economy and create a patchwork of rules and regulations throughout the state," said Karen Crummy, communications director for Protecting Colorado's Environment, Economy, and Energy Independence, an issue committee opposing anti-energy ballot measures.
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