Colorado Rising Submits Statewide Ballot Initiatives to Protect Coloradans from Fracking

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Anne Lee Foster: 757-870-5102, anneleefoster@gmail.com

***PRESS RELEASE***

Colorado Rising Submits Statewide Ballot Initiatives to Protect Coloradans from Fracking

DENVER, CO – Today, January 7th, 2020, Colorado Rising, the citizen group behind Proposition 112, submitted language for six proposed ballot initiatives to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.

  1. 2500 ft setback from occupied structures and other sensitive areas — This version is identical to Prop 112.
  2. 2500 ft setback from occupied structures and other sensitive areas — This version varies from Prop 112 in that it includes Superfund sites in the definition of “vulnerable areas.”
  3. 2500 ft setback from occupied structures and other sensitive areas — This version varies from Prop 112 in that it includes Superfund sites in the definition of “vulnerable areas” and allows homeowners the right to waiver for their primary residence.
  4. 2000 ft setback from occupied structures and other sensitive areas — This version also includes Superfund sites in the definition of “vulnerable areas.”
  5. 2000 ft setback from occupied structures and other sensitive areas — This version includes Superfund sites in the definition of “vulnerable areas” and allows homeowners the right to waiver for their primary residence.
  6. Increased Bonding Requirement for New Wells — This would require oil and gas operators to provide financial assurance in the minimum amount of $270,000 per well. This would be used for reclamation and remediation of wells after extraction is complete.

The current state setback in Colorado is 500 ft for homes and 1,000 ft for schools, hospitals and other high-occupancy buildings. A growing body of scientific research, including a recent health study released by the CO Department of Public Health & Environment, have underscored the need for larger setbacks to protect health and safety. If passed in 2018, Proposition 112 would have created a 2500 ft setback for homes, schools, hospitals, water sources and vulnerable areas such as parks and playgrounds.

Full text for each proposed ballot initiative can be found on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.

Anne Lee Foster, Communications Director for Colorado Rising said of the initiatives: “We have earnestly participated in the legislative and rulemaking process for the past year and have seen little improvement in the overall protections for Colorado residents and the environment from industrial fracking activity. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has only completed one rulemaking in the last year and the result was disappointing with many concessions granted to protect corporate profit. We have little faith in these government agencies to reject corporate influence and make scientifically-backed regulations. Therefore we will again take on the enormous task of running a ballot initiative. This is a reasonable and necessary action to protect the health and safety of our communities and our global climate.”

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Colorado Rising is powering the grassroots movement to protect public health & safety from dangerous oil & gas operations.

To learn more, please go to www.corising.org

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