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Colorado Activists Push Anti-Fracking Ballot Initiatives

by Elizabeth Alford on August 8, 2016

Environmental activists in Colorado are moving forward to wreak havoc on the state’s oil and gas industry.

Related: Colorado Says NO to Local Control of Oil & Gas

Anti-fracking activists said today they 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.

One of the initiatives targets the hotly-contested issue of who gets to control oil and gas activity. If passed, local governments would once again have more say in what happen in their own communities. The other initiative would prohibit drilling in a buffer zone 2,500 feet around occupied buildings and in open public spaces.

The fight over fracking in Colorado has gotten personal as oil and gas drilling operations moved into more populated areas and suburban residents want more control. In April the Colorado House of Representatives said no to House Bill 1355, which sought to give local governments the ability to exercise land use authority over oil and gas development within their jurisdiction.

The 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.

Colorado has 30 days to authenticate the signatures.

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