ANOTHER OIL & GAS EXPLOSION UNDERSCORES IMMEDIATE NEED FOR PROP 112

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Contact: Lauren Petrie: 720-663-0735 lauren5162@gmail.com

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ANOTHER OIL & GAS EXPLOSION UNDERSCORES IMMEDIATE NEED FOR PROP 112

THREE WORKERS INJURED IN WELD COUNTY OIL TANK BATTERY EXPLOSION

DENVER — Early this morning, three workers were injured when a significant fire broke out at an oil and gas site in Briggsdale, CO in rural Weld County. Two workers were rushed to the hospital with injuries while a third suffered severe burns and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Colorado Rising – the grassroots campaign behind Prop 112 – put out the following statement on today’s near-tragedy:

The explosion this morning in Weld County is yet another reminder of why so many Coloradans are moving to support Prop 112 to establish safer setbacks from drilling operations. Oil and gas operations are just too dangerous to be near our homes, schools, and drinking water and currently endanger the health, safety, and property values of too many Coloradans.
With more than 55,000 active oil and gas wells in Colorado, many close to homes, businesses, schools, parks, and other public spaces, the risk of fire and explosion is real and growing. In 2017 also, there were more than 15 fires and explosions at oil and gas sites, many killing and/or injuring oil and gas workers, and an explosion in Firestone killing two innocent men at home. Prop 112 creates a reasonable safety buffer between all new oil and gas wells and the homes, schools, churches, and other public spaces Coloradans should be able to enjoy safely and without the risk of harm.

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Colorado Rising is powering the grassroots movement to pass Proposition 112 – a common-sense measure that will protect public health & safety by creating a 2500 foot buffer zone between new oil & gas operations and our homes, schools, and water sources.

To learn more about Prop 112, please go to www.corising.org

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