In an effort to slow the advance of oil exploration in Colorado, a coalition of environmental organizations have been gathering signatures in support of 2 initiatives aimed at limiting the hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” industry.
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What’s the Problem?
August 15, 2016 – If either initiative passes, it would represent the most serious political effort yet to stop fracking in the U.S., according to the New York Times.
One of the measures would establish control over oil and gas operations in Colorado, while the other would prohibit drilling and fracking within 2,500 feet of occupied buildings, waterways and open public spaces. This would effectively prohibit new exploration and production in up to 95% of the surface area of Colorado’s 5 leading petroleum- and gas-producing counties, according to state regulators.
The Colorado secretary of state’s office has 30 days to authenticate the signatures, and opposition is considered likely. If the signatures are validated, oil industry officials say the contest will be a close, hard-fought battle.
With the exception of New York, which has imposed a statewide ban on fracking, few oil- and gas-producing states have opposed the industry.
The Colorado activists fanned out across the state to collect signatures, arguing that local communities should have the right to limit fracking, which they say claim pollutes the air and water sources. Approximately 98,500 signatures are needed to get on the ballot, with the coalition saying they submitted over 100,000 signatures for each initiative.
“At stake is the people’s right to say no to fracking in their communities, the people’s right to protect their well-being and safety and their families from industrial development in their backyards,” said Jason Schwartz, a spokesman for Greenpeace.
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