Colorado Rising

Proposition 112 Pros, Cons from County Energy Board Forum

Oct 17, 2018
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Here, you can listen to the entire presentation of the pros and cons of Proposition 112, including Q & A, from the Garfield County Energy Advisory Board's Oil and Gas Ballot Issue Forum on October 4, 2018. Heidi Henkel of Colorado Rising, is the proponent. Simon Lomax of Vital for Colorado opposes.

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Proposition 112 asks Colorado voters to approve a 2500-foot setback for oil and natural gas drilling in the state. The Garfield County Energy Advisory Board recently featured a forum about the issue. Here, Heidi Henkel of Colorado Rising and Simon Lomax of Vital for Colorado discuss the pros and cons of the measure, which have been edited for time. KMTS News Director Ron Millhorn moderates. Click here to listen to all of the remarks by Henkel and Lomax, including Q & A. Click here for the 2018 Colorado Ballot Information Booklet (the Blue Book) in English.

As Colorado’s population has grown, so has the oil and gas industry. Its presence is an unavoidable part of the landscape. That’s why volunteer Patricia Nelson said she has spent part of her summer collecting signatures for Initiative 97.

Attorney Joe Salazar represents Colorado Rising, an anti-fracking group that is spearheading the effort to get Initiative 97 on November’s ballot. The measure would increase oil and gas setbacks to 2500 feet from schools, playgrounds and other areas. On July 26, the group went public about how petition-gathering firm Direct Action Partners absconded with boxes full of signed petitions. Joe Salazar spoke with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh last week about the missing petitions, Initiative 97, and former Interior Secretary and attorney Ken Salazar’s connection to energy companies.

Colorado Rising is spearheading the effort to get Initiative 97 on November’s ballot to increase oil and gas setbacks to 2500 feet from schools, playgrounds and other areas. Last month, petition-gathering firm Direct Action Partners absconded with signed petitions. Attorney Joe Salazar represents Colorado Rising and spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about the situation. In this clip, he explains the ballot issue and what happened to the petitions.  Tune in at 4 PM today for more of the conversation with Salazar.

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A Colorado grassroots coalition started putting together a statewide ballot initiative last month for wider buffer zones between fracking and neighborhoods. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Colorado Rising board member Micah Parkin for details.