DBJ: 11 new ballot proposals take aim at Colorado oil and gas industry, fracking


Cathy Proctor
Denver Business Journal

Eleven separate ballot proposals aimed at Colorado’s oil and gas industry — including increasing setbacks to 4,000 feet and a statewide ban on the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — have been filed with the state’s Legislative Council, the first step to getting on the 2016 ballot.

If approved by voters, the proposed measures would make it extremely difficult for energy companies to find locations to drill new oil and gas wells in Colorado. Some of the proposals, if approved, also could restrict local officials’ abilities to approve new homes and neighborhoods.

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