About Colorado Rising

Health studies show that fracking operations pose grave risks to public health and safety, clearly linking the toxic emissions from fracking to cancer, respiratory problems, endocrine disruption, birth defects and more. Fracking fouls our air, water and climate and destroys home values.

Colorado Rising was started by local people and grassroots groups across the state who are dedicated to protecting our communities from the hazards of oil and gas development and fracking to public health and safety.

Join us in protecting the health and safety of all Coloradans by pledging to add your name to the initiative.

Fracking is harming much of what we all love about living in Colorado and why so many people like to visit – the fresh air, clean water, beautiful landscapes and a safe place to raise our families.

What the initiative would do

We are working to pass a statewide statutory ballot initiative to establish common sense buffer zones between fracking and occupied buildings – like homes and schools – and areas of special concern – like playgrounds and drinking water sources.

Since health studies show harmful effects to people within a ½ mile of fracking operations, the ballot initiative will establish a buffer zone of 2,500 feet (almost ½ mile) from these operations and occupied buildings or areas of special concern.

The history of the work

Colorado Rising formed to protect our communities from the dangers of fracking. A statewide ballot initiative to protect our health and safety is badly needed.

Here’s why: Currently, fracking operations are allowed to take place just 500’ from a home and 1,000’ from a school building (and right by school playgrounds). The industry has shown blatant disregard for public health and safety, and the current state regulatory body – the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) – has not provided responsible protective regulatory oversight to prevent inappropriate siting of toxic fracking operations adjacent to homes, schools and water sources.


Around 2010, five Colorado communities passed local initiatives to place local moratoria or bans on fracking in their city limits.

Spring 2016

The Colorado Supreme Court sided with the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and overturned the community protections, ruling that the State has pre-emption.

Summer 2016

People fought for 2 statewide ballot initiatives (75 and 78) that would have allowed local community control of fracking and increased buffer zones between occupied buildings and special areas to 2,500 feet. In just 3 months, these 2 initiatives together garnered over 200,000 signatures and nearly made the statewide ballot (despite the fracking industry spending over $14M in slick PR campaigns against the initiatives).

March 2017

The Colorado Appeals Court ruled in the Martinez vs. COGCC decision that the state’s Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) must protect health and environment before permitting oil and gas drilling, siding with Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and other youth plaintiffs, saying the protection of public health and the environment is “a condition that must be fulfilled”.

In a shocking move, the COGCC and Colorado’s Attorney General have filed to appeal that decision.

May 2, 2017

An Anadarko well which had an open gas line venting gas under a house in Firestone caused it to explode, killing two brothers-in-law and seriously burning a mother. Fortunately the child in the home survived.

You can take action

It is time to put Coloradan’s health and safety first by establishing common sense buffers between potentially hazardous fracking operations and our homes, schools, playgrounds and drinking water sources! Together we can win the protections our children deserve. Colorado is Rising for a safe and healthy future. Join us and Pledge to Sign the ballot initiative and share it with friends!

Take more action

You can do more than just sign the pledge. Now is the time to get involved in the initiative. We need volunteers with all talents. If you care about the health and safety of all Coloradans, please join us.

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