COGCC report is wrong on Initiative 97

From the Styx by Peggy Tibbetts

On August 6, Colorado Rising turned in 171,596 signatures to Secretary of State Wayne W. Williams (D) in support of Initiative 97. Colorado Rising members pictured include Joseph Salazar, Russell Mendell, Micah Walker Parkin, Lauren Petrie, Trisha Garcia-Nelson, Suzanne Spiegel, Anne Lee Foster, Razz Gormley, Julia Williams, and Dan Leftwich. [Source: Joseph Salazar’s FB page] Guest post by Bob Arrington, PE*

Initiative 97 would mandate that new oil and gas development, including fracking, be a minimum distance of 2,500 feet from occupied buildings, as well as public parks, public open space, irrigation canals, lakes, rivers, perennial or intermittent streams and any additional vulnerable areas designated by the state or a local government. Gov. John Hickenlooper recently said that this initiative could eliminate 90 percent of oil and gas activity in eastern Colorado and only slightly less than that in western Colorado. Initiative 97 is awaiting approval from Secretary of…

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