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COLORADO RISING FORMS 2020 BALLOT INITIATIVE EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE
DENVER – Colorado Rising, the organization behind the Proposition 112 effort, announced today that they are forming an exploratory committee to begin the process of running a ballot initiative in the 2020 election cycle. The exact form the initiative will take is still unknown, but the group plans to place another initiative on the 2020 ballot to address the dangers of oil and gas extraction if state leaders fail to take effective action to protect residents from neighborhood drilling.
In the 2018 election cycle, the group was able to garner over 1.1 million votes for increased setbacks for new oil and gas development, despite being outspent over 40 to 1 by the fossil fuel industry.
Anne Lee Foster of Colorado Rising said “We don’t expect the efforts at the legislature to fully address the concerns of Coloradans when it comes to dangerous oil and gas near our homes and its overall impact on our quality of life, so we will now begin the process of running another initiative to keep the pressure on and ensure our communities get the protections they deserve.”
The group is also calling for a moratorium on permitting and approval to allow time for the new legislative session to create laws based on peer-reviewed health impact studies. The full list of demands is outlined in this petition. In October and November alone, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has approved 1,424 new drilling permits and has 6,598 drilling permits pending approval.
Anne Lee Foster of Colorado Rising said “In light of the recent onslaught of permits by the industry and the over 1.1 million Coloradans that support oil and gas reform, we implore Governor Polis to put a moratorium on permitting in place to allow for new protections to be made, based on peer-review science, to address the concerns of impacted communities.”
Colorado Rising is powering the grassroots movement to protect Colorado communities from dangerous oil and gas development.