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Anti-Fracking Measures Fall Short in Colorado

by Elizabeth Alford on August 29, 2016

Anti-fracking forces in Colorado were dealt a severe blow this morning, when two initiatives couldn’t make the cut for the November ballot.

Related: Activists Push for Ballot Initiatives

Anti-fracking activists had submitted 100,000 signatures to state officials in an attempt to get two initiatives on the November ballot that would limit fracking across the state. After a review, Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced that there were not enough valid signatures to put a plan before voters.

“Colorado voters recognized that these extreme measure would destroy the state’s economy and take away private property rights. The voters read the petitions and declined to sign them because they understood the devastating consequences these initiatives would have on all Coloradans.”  – Karen Crummy of Protect Colorado

State officials raised concern that some signatures may have been forged as part of the setback petition. The state Attorney General Cynthia Coffman will conduct an investigation into these charges.

At issue is who gets to control oil and gas activity in the state. Local governments are fighting to gain back control and to have more say in what happen in their own communities. Industry pushback was swift with the New York Times reporting more than $13 million was raised immediately to halt the initiative, including contributions of millions from Anadarko Petroleum and Noble Energy.

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