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Yes! I/we support the Colorado Rising for Health & Safety statewide statutory ballot initiative to establish buffer zones of 2,500 feet between fracking operations and occupied buildings (e.g. homes, schools, hospitals) and areas of special concern (e.g. playgrounds and water sources). Please list me/us as an endorser.

Statements of Support

“Fracking operations are invading urban areas of Colorado. When fracking operations are around our homes, schools, parks, and other vulnerable areas, all of us are in danger of the hazards of these operations. Being a native Coloradan, it is my obligation to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and the environment. I support Colorado Rising and its ballot initiative because we deserve, our children deserve a clean, safe and healthy environment.”

Joe Salazar, State Representative & candidate for Colorado Attorney General

colorado state senator matt jones
“The Firestone tragedy was the latest incident to prove dangerous oil and gas wells have no business near family’s homes and schools. Colorado Rising for Health and Safety is a common sense safeguard that puts protecting people over profit.”

Matt Jones, Colorado State Senator & Candidate for Boulder County Commissioner

“I support this ballot measure because it puts Coloradans’ health and safety first. Since the oil and gas industry currently controls important parts of the state government and will do anything to avoid change, it is essential the people of Colorado make their voice heard.”

Mike Foote, Colorado House District 12 Representative

“My Constituents have fought since 2012 to protect our neighborhoods and schools from heavy industrial activities.  Since we’ve made little progress at the Capitol, I hope the People of Colorado can support this Initiative to give every community the peace of mind that health and safety is our first priority.”

– Johnathan Singer, Colorado House District 11 Representative

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“As a local elected official, my top priority is working to protect the health, safety and welfare of my constituents – which is why I am supporting this ballot initiative. The fatal explosion in Firestone was a tragic reminder that oil and gas drilling is a dangerous industrial activity that shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near homes and schools. Requiring larger setbacks is a public safety no-brainer. Neighborhoods are for families, not for fracking!”

Elise Jones, Boulder County Commissioner

“I support this ballot measure because a 2,500 foot setback requirement from occupied structures from oil and gas operations would be a very valuable tool in our tool box as we work to protect the health and safety of our citizens.”

Deb Gardner, Boulder County Commissioner

“Given oil & gas operators are exempt from many federal laws and the COGCC exists only to rubber-stamp their activities, it is the duty of the people to rally in opposition to the onslaught of this industrial activity in our neighborhoods and on the environment. This measure is a meaningful step forward to protect the health and safety of the people of Colorado and the legacy we leave our children.”

Christiaan van Woudenberg, Erie Trustee, Editor-in-Chief, Erie Protectors.

“As City Councilor, middle school principal and mother it is my responsibility to fight for the health and safety of our constituents, my students and my own family. The Safer Setbacks Initiative would be a huge step in the right direction—preventing hazardous fracking near homes and schools and sending a clear message that neighborhoods are NOT the place for industrial operations.”

Chelsea Behanna, Lafayette City Councilor.

“Oil and gas development does not belong in our neighborhoods, period. If the state will not allow us local municipal leaders to protect our communities just as we do with every other industrial activity, we must support initiatives like this ballot measure. We have continually tried to change state law, but with the current influence the oil and gas industry holds over our state legislature and COGCC, all common sense regulations are rejected. 2,500 foot setbacks are a no-brainer and a critical step in fighting back.”

Jamie Harkins, Lafayette City Councilor.

“The Oil and Gas Threat Map produced by Earthworks has defined a threat radius within 1/2 mile of active oil and gas wells, compressors and processors impacting public health.  Coloradans who live, play and work within the threat radius have cause for concern including elevated cancer and respiratory health risks.  In Colorado there are nearly 250,000 people and 140 daycares and schools within this half mile area.  A 2,500 setback is a common sense regulation to better protect those living near this heavy industrial activity.”

Christine Berg, Lafayette City Mayor.

“It’s time to put the well-being of the many ahead of profits for the few. Colorado Rising’s 2500-foot setback protects children, families and communities from an aggressive extraction industry that shows little interest in the health of our people, land, water or air. I stand with those who have come together to protect us from the hazards of fracking and oil and gas development. And when I got to Washington DC, I’ll carry this message to Congress so that our concerns will be heard and acted upon.”

Mark Williams, candidate for Representative, 2nd Congressional District of Colorado

“Public safety and environmental protection should be the first and highest priorities of our government. As a Colorado state legislator, I’ll put the needs of our community ahead of special interests.”

Michael Kiley, candidate for Representative, Colorado House District 4

“Our legislature, at its best, is designed to protect kids and families, schools, and neighborhoods. And one of my campaign priorities is to “unstack the deck,” meaning that we need to prioritize people over profits. I drive a car, I heat my house. I understand our energy needs. But there is a place for oil and gas development and that’s not in our backyards. We place boundaries on all kinds of activities–carrying guns and buying alcohol, for example. This is just another, and one that places a common sense boundary around the places where people need and expect to be safe.”

Amy Beatie, candidate for Representative, Colorado House District 4

“The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has abdicated its duty to protect citizens from the dangerous and toxic process of fracking.  With substantial scientific evidence showing human health harm within 2500’, this ballot measure is an avenue for us to begin to protect ourselves, while we work to ban fracking altogether.”

Theresa Stets, candidate for representative, Colorado House District 12

“The Colorado Rising setback initiative is a critical measure that will help Colorado change course from its current direction of environmental destruction, the sacrifice of public health, and as a major contributor to global climate change. It is a long overdue measure that will begin to turn the tide and assists all front line communities to preserve some degree of basic protections against oil and gas drilling. “
-Cliff Willmeng, Candidate for Boulder County Commissioner

“Conservation is at the heart of the Republican Party and conserving our resources should also be a part of that vision. As the landscape of our oil and gas development changes, and we responsibly evolve with renewable energy, our now dense population should not be subjected to industrialized fracking so close to homes, schools, and water sources.”

Eric Rutherford, candidate for representative, Colorado House District 33

“For the last three years I’ve actively stood against the Oil Industry’s encroachment on our communities, only to witness the stranglehold Big Oil has on our State. Initiative 97 gives the people a tool to protect themselves and their wellbeing against Industry takeover and keeps industrial uses out of our backyards. I fully support Initiative 97.”

– Josh Zygielbaum
Thornton City Councilman & Candidate for Adams County Clerk and Recorder

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“Countries around the world, and states around America, have banned fracking because of its health and environmental impacts. This ballot initiative merely asks for some common-sense guidelines. It’s hard to imagine that anyone really thinks we should be fracking so close to playgrounds, homes and schools.”

Bill McKibben, Author and Founder of

“I’ve always viewed my home in Colorado as a very safe place to grow up, until recently. Fracked gas explosions, polluted air and ever increasing climate change linked wildfires have turned the front page of the paper into a report on local disasters. Colorado Rising is doing everything possible to make sure Colorado is a safe and beautiful place for kids to grow up. I am proud to stand alongside these brave grassroots leaders as we work for a green job economy with fresh air, clean water and economic opportunity for all.”

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Earth Guardians Youth Director

“Common sense legislation is needed to protect the health and safety of Colorado residents and to protect Colorado’s environment for future generations.”

Suzanne Cabral, nurse, mother and leader with North Metro Neighbors for Safe Energy. Learn more about her fight to protect her family and community from fracking.

“Colorado Rising for Health and Safety is a common-sense measure that will prioritize the well-being of Coloradoans. If you believe that fracking operations should not be placed next to our homes and schools — and the very reservoirs that hold our drinking water — you’ll want to support this initiative.”

Jennifer Dulles, with Broomfield CAN

“The people of Longmont have made it clear that we don’t want fracking in our community. Without an outright ban, we must do everything we can to stop the oil and gas industry in its tracks. Setbacks represent a common sense barrier to keeping the harmful effects of fracking away from those most vulnerable. We stand with Colorado Rising on this important initiative.”

Abby Driscoll, Chair of the Board of Directors, Sustainable Resilient Longmont

“I believe that most Coloradans will agree that oil and gas industrial activity should not be alongside the places we live, work, play and go to school. Most people I know would put their health and safety and the welfare of others ahead of anything else, including economic interests.”

Emma Bray, Founder of Kids Against Fracking

“As a Colorado farmer, I am concerned about the effects of a changing climate and the stress our local ecosystems and resources are under. Our most precious resource, water, is getting pumped into the ground and removed from the natural hydrological cycle in order to extract more fossil fuels that will lead to more climate uncertainty. Seems like a negative feedback loop to me. Time to invest in our carbon-sequestering farmers, our soils, and clean energy projects. I’ve seen the dangers of off-gas events from fracking operations first hand, seen another farming family’s blood tests showing exposure, seen the unacceptable statistics for spills contaminating soil and water. 2,500 ft setback is the LEAST we can do to try to protect the civil liberties of Coloradans.”

Mark Guttridge, Ollin Farms

“Fracking is a dangerous and polluting industrial process, and as such should not take place anywhere near the places people live, go to school, play, or obtain their water. Additionally, methane leakage rates during the extraction and transportation processes negate any advantage that natural gas has over coal for power generation in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. Colorado needs to wean itself off fossil fuels entirely by mid-century, and the Colorado Rising initiative to establish 2,500 foot buffer zones around new oil and gas wells is a great place to start.”

Kevin Cross, Convener, Fort Collins Sustainability Group

“Save EPA endorses this ballot initiative primarily because the oil and gas industry is a significant source of emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas with a global warming potential more than 25 times that of carbon dioxide. It also is the largest industrial source of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a group of chemicals that contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone (smog). Exposure to ozone is linked to a wide range of health effects, including aggravated asthma, increased emergency room visits and hospital admissions, and premature death. In addition, many VOCs are toxic to humans.”

Jeff Hart, Save EPA co-founder

“Our children are precious and vulnerable, and it is absolutely clear after a leak mere feet from an elementary school playground in Erie, that we must protect them. We cannot continue to risk their health and safety, after all the only party who benefits is the oil and gas industry.”

Patricia Nelson, parent, Bella Romero Academy in Greeley

“The League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans supports Initiative 97, in support of local communities, requiring a 2,500 foot setback for new oil and gas operations from homes, schools, and playgrounds. It is time for oil and gas operators to stop brazenly pushing the limits and turning neighborhoods and school zones into heavy industrial zones. Without a willingness from our elected representatives at the state level to lead and bring about pragmatic changes to oil and gas policies, the Colorado Rising Initiative provides the reasonable course of action.” 

“LOGIC is proud to stand with our member groups Together Against Neighborhood Drilling (TAND); Citizens for Healthy Communities (CHC); Front Range Residents for Environment, Safety, and Health (FRRESH); and Broomfield Clean Air and Water (BCAW) in supporting Initiative 97.”

“For the past 21 years, IPS has been designing and installing renewable technologies including grid-tie,remote off-grid, battery back up, micro-grids, and small wind. Our work has taken us to remote locations as far as Kabul, Afghanistan and in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Point is, there’s no question that we have enough renewable energy technology and boots on the ground know-how to transform our energy economy away from fossil fuels and all of its environmental impacts TODAY. It’s not a question of “when the technology improves” therefore involving any leaps of faith-no excuses-it’s simply a matter of political will and, where it is lacking, individual might.”

Yolanda Duperret, General Manager, Independent Power Systems

“There has been a dramatic shift from small, singular vertical drilling sites in predominantly remote agricultural locations to industrial scale multi-well, multi-pad facilities near neighborhoods, schools and sometimes in tax payer funded open space. These industrial scale facilities have a cumulative impact on property values, quality of life, transportation, emergency preparedness and response, and most importantly public health and safety. Studies that show the dangerous impacts of these sites on surrounding populations, the environment and wildlife continue to emerge, especially as spills and safety breaches increase.

ACCDAN fully supports the ballot initiative proposed by Colorado Rising. Large scale oil and gas operations do not belong in our neighborhoods or near our schools.”

“The science is clear – hydraulic fracturing is a dangerous practice that has no place in our playgrounds and backyards. Reasonable setbacks to safeguard our communities are badly needed to protect Colorado’s children, clean air, and drinking water.”

Michael Saul, Center for Biological Diversity

“Slow Food USA and its chapters’ mission is to create a dramatic and lasting change in the food system.  We envision a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it and good for the planet: good, clean and fair food for all. Our farmers’ commitment to quality and the stewardship of clean soil, water and air are crucial to consumers and their perception and choice to buy good and clean food. The potential for soil, air and water contamination as a result of oil and gas development could destroy our Valley’s farms’ ability to market their products as organic and safe.”

Jim Brett
Leader, Slow Food Western Slope

“The impacts associated with oil and gas development to irrigation water, soil, domestic water, recreation, air quality, noise and light pollution, traffic, wildlife, community, contiguous farmland and viewshed threaten the livelihoods of Valley Organic Growers Association member farms. VOGA members would bear a severe financial burden and loss of their costumer base when oil and gas drilling and construction activity result in environmental damage.”

Emily Hartnett
President, Valley Organic Growers Association

“I strongly endorse this ballot initiative to increase the setback buffer zone because as a healthcare professional it is clear to me that chronic long-term low level toxic exposures to volatile organic compounds in the air nearby to active fracked gas extraction sites is a real and regular occurrence.  This happens throughout the lifetime of the well from the onset of drilling, through the active fracking stage, and then continues until the well is plugged, if ever.  Children and pregnant mothers are most at the risk of the undesirable health effects of these exposures.  There are many studies from across the United States documenting that this occurs, often intermittently, and is potentially more severe in nature the closer to oil and gas production one lives, works, plays, recreates, or goes to school.  Current regulations and practices in the oil/gas extractive process simply do not provide acceptable certainty that leakage or venting of volatile organic compounds into the ambient air at the well site can be prevented at a level that protects us.  This initiative provides a step forward in reducing the potential for exposures of children to the hazardous air tocics related to oil/gas produciton.”

Larry A. Moore, MD

“I support the proposed ballot initiative to increase set-backs for “fracking.”  My background is that of a Chemical Engineer graduate, with a Masters in Biomedical Engineering, and an MSPH [Public Health], and a Board Certification in Preventive Medicine -so I have a long-standing interest in health and population risks (epidemiology).

Let me speak plainly: I believe that fracking is bad for our health—it remains to be seen exactly how bad.  Finkel and Law (2011) said that “73%” of the fracking chemicals had risks for “skin, eye, …respiratory distress, including asthma, gastrointestinal and liver disease, brain… harm, cancers,” and negative reproductive effects.  In 2017 another study by Currie et al cited poor outcomes to babies born to mothers living within 3 km of fracking sites. The worst effects are for < 1 km (what we call “dose-response”, strengthening confidence in the truth of the finding), with 29,000 babies per year born to women living so close to a site.

Greater set-backs are a step in the right direction.”

Anne Hazelton, MD, MSPH

“The WILD Foundation supports this ballot measure which seeks to protect our communities as well as our environment, which all life depends on. Fracking is a dangerous, destructive practice that does not belong anywhere near our homes, schools, or any other types of occupied buildings.”

– Melanie Hill
Wild Foundation

Additional endorsements

State Senator Guzman  •  State Senate Candidate Julie Gonzales  •  State Senator Fenberg  •  CD6 Candidate Levi Tillemann  •  CD3 Candidate Arn Menconi  •  Boulder City COuncil MEMBER LISA MORZEL  •  State Treasurer Candidate Bernie Douthit  •  HD4 Candidate Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez  •  CD2 Candidate Nick Thomas  •  RTD B Candidate JOYANN Ruscha  •  HD 9 Candidate Emily SIROTA  •  ADAMS COUNTY TREASURER Candidate Lisa Culpepper  


FRRESH (FRont range residents for environment health safety)  •  Catholic Network.US  •  Denver Catholic Network  •  Liaison Learning  •  Sustainability Forum  •  Analytical Unlimited  •  BAckpacker’s Pantry  •  Thistle Whistle Farms •  GREAT OLD BROADS

Additional statements of support

“The health and safety of current and future generations must take priority over profits. We are not a sacrifice zone.”

– Megan Meyer, UNC Earth Guardians youth group

“For our future generations, for the future of all life on the planet let us always keep in mind that we are all in this together.”

– Donato Perl, Greeley

“The environmental and health impacts of fracking are severe. We must protect the health and safety of Colorado residents.”

– Leslie Glustrom, Boulder

“I endorse this ballot I initiative we must put health and safety first.”

– AnnMarie Cleary, Broomfield

“Who knows what’s going on way down underneath my house.”

–  Kathy Ensz, Greeley

“We are at a point where fracking in NorthEastern Colorado has reached a state of overdose!”

– Ana Schultz, Greeley

“Weld Air and Water is a community based organization that has been working on educating the citizens of Colorado on environmental and health concerns surrounding oil and gas development. In our researching this situation we have found overwhelming scientific evidence that ‘further away is better, and never there is better still.'”

– Carl Erickson, Weld Air and Water

The Oil & Gas Industry’s absolute control of our political and regulatory systems allows growing abuses and threats to our children, homes, communities, environment and economies. It is clear we must rein in and check the oil & gas industry to move to a balanced and healthy future!”

– Janet Johnson, Grand Junction

“I support this ballot initiative because industrial oil and gas activity should not be mixed in with residential areas. A setback of 2500 feet is based on data rather than the arbitrary number today.”

– Kim McNaughton, Broomfield

“Clean Energy Action’s mission is to accelerate the transition to the post-fossil fuel world. Our vision for this world is one in which our citizens and their children are protected from hazardous and reckless industrial practices. It is a vision in which we use decentralized decision-making, local innovation, and citizen power to meet our energy needs in ways that promote social justice and ensure that clean power is accessible to all classes and demographics. It is one in which we engage in open discussion and empirically-driven scholarship to avoid the pitfalls of false promises and dishonest solutions. It is a vision of a world in which we constantly seek out new ways to improve our balance with our environment in order to preserve the beautiful planet on which we live. We feel that Colorado Rising’s ballot initiative is in keeping with this vision, reflects our values, and provides common sense regulations for energy production in Colorado.”

– Conor May, Clean Energy Action

“Fracking is an extremely destructive mining practice that is inadequately regulated while supported by politicians from both major political parties. The production and consumption of fossil fuels contributes to the destruction of the Earth’s land, water, ecosystems and climate. Fracking in the US is primarily intended for export of liquefied natural gas to other nations, which if expanded, will significantly accelerate drilling and the associated harms. Fracking also diverts investment dollars from the production and distribution of efficiently processes and renewable technologies, which are our main hope for reigning in carbon emissions and providing people with sustainable energy needed for life functions. The oil and gas industry has for decades profited from the avoidance of regulation both at the federal and state levels. It is time to make the industry accountable to the public and to ensure that it is not allowed to freely impose its massive social and environmental costs upon people and the environment.”

– Ken Bonetti, Boulder, CO

“Despite our repeated pleas, our state agencies and legislature have failed to provide Colorado residents with reasonable protections from the unacceptable hazards of residential drilling and fracking, including fires, explosions, spills, toxic emissions, ozone pollution, and water contamination. Citizens must take action on their own behalf by requiring that any new drilling be kept a reasonable distance from homes, schools, workplaces, parks, and water sources. Our very lives depend on it.”

– Lauren Swain, Denver, CO

“WE CAN DO BETTER to protect Colorado from careless and reckless drilling practices. This Initiative is one step in providing that protection with common sense guidelines. Support Public Safety.”

– Shelia Canfield-Jones, Bailey, CO

“My property in East Greeley is surrounded by oil and gas drilling operations. It is disheartening to see how close they are and how much pollution they cause, especially air and ground pollution. The closest drilling is less than 1000 feet from my house — way TOO close in my opinion. I am thankful I do not have children, however I definitely worry about the health effects on me and my animals. I have asthma and the fracking and drilling has only made it worse.  I would do anything to increase the setbacks from people’s homes and schools. I am thrilled to see this ballot initiative moving forward!”

– Carol St Jean, Greeley

“I have asthma and cannot even drive through Weld County and other areas severely affected by fracking. Not only does it constrict my airways, it constricts my soul. There is no honor in this grab-and-go pillaging of our precious land, air, and water (because they know wind, solar, and other green options are cheaper, cleaner, and far more conducive to healthy, abundant living in Colorado).”

– Kristina Woodall, Longmont

“The health and well being of Coloradans should come before the profits of the oil and gas industry, and establishing buffer zones against toxic fracking is an easy first step. Establishing guidelines to protect our children from living and playing under fracking rigs should be a no brainer.”

– Rebecca Sobel, Wild Earth Guardians:

“301 here in Broomfield took a lot of work and we are ready for it again in 2018 armored with stay at home parents, votechs, physicians, techies, lawyers, students, nurses, and more. We gave COGCC a chance to hear us and they heard and ignored us. So, it’s #HammerTime”

– Heidi Henkel, Broomfield, CO

“Fracking has been shown to cause health issues and environmental damage. I do not want this any where I live and certainly not near my grand daughters school.”

– Carle Churgin, Lafayette, CO

“The compounding preponderance of peer reviewed studies shows the dire health effects on communities and workers.”

– Benita Phillips, Palisade, CO

“We are mobilizing to rapidly end the fossil fuel era. This initiative accelerates the bandwagon creating a better future in Colorado.”

– Harry Gregory, The Climate Mobilization


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