Local control of oil & gas

Giving our communities a choice

The language

This ballot amendment to the Colorado Constitution will allow local governments to pass regulations, limits, including moratoria and bans, regarding oil and gas development.

  • Each local government will have a wide range of options to protect their communities from the harms associated with oil and gas development.
  • “One size fits all” regulation does not work, and oil and gas should be subject to local jurisdiction, just like every other industry.
  • The measure contains language requiring that local laws and regulations may be more restrictive on oil and gas development than state law and must be at least as protective of the public health, safety and general welfare.

“An amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning local government regulation of oil and gas development and, in connection therewith, authorizing local governments to prohibit, limit, or impose moratoriums on oil and gas development; authorizing local laws and regulations that are more restrictive of oil and gas development and at least as protective of a community’s health, safety, welfare, and environment as state law; and prohibiting the state from preempting any local laws or regulations that prevent or mitigate local impacts from oil and gas development.”

The initiative

With state rules as a floor (min requirement), the local control initiative would give each local government a very wide range of options to protect their communities and neighborhoods from the harms generally associated with oil and gas development including hydraulic fracturing. Local Governmental Control of Oil and Gas Development authorizes local governments to pass a broad range of more protective regulations, prohibitions, limits or moratoriums on oil and gas development – or not.

“¿Debe ser una enmienda de la constitución de Colorado relativa a la regulación de gobierno local del desarrollo de gas y petróleo y, en conexión con eso, autorizando gobiernos locales a prohibir, delimitar, o poner moratorias en el desarrollo de gas y petróleo; autorizando leyes locales y regulaciones que son lo más restrictivas del desarrollo de gas y petróleo y por lo menos como protector de la salud, seguridad, bienestar, y medioambiente de la comunidad; y prohibiendo el estado de previniendo cualquier leyes locales o regulaciones que prevenir o mitigar impactos locales del desarrollo gas y petróleo?”

Traducción Directa

Esta iniciativa enmendaría la constitución de colorado y dejaría que gobiernos locales a pasar regulaciones, limites, moratorias o prohibiciones del desarrollo de gas y petróleo.