A ballot initiative that would have given communities sweeping powers over oil drilling and other industrial activity was pulled Monday for a lack of supporting signatures, sponsors said.
Initiative 75 would have added the so-called Community Rights Amendment to the state constitution, but to get it on the ballot required 86,105 valid signatures — a rule of thumb is that 125,000 signatures need to be gathered to meet the requirement.
“With just nine weeks to get 125,000 signatures and lacking hundreds of thousands in funding, we knew we faced an uphill battle for 2014,” the sponsors said in a statement. “We took a tally this week and now know that we’re going to be well short of where we need to be.”
Tom Groover, director of the Colorado Community Rights Network, which backed the initiative, called the withdrawal “disappointing, but we aren’t giving up on the issue.”
The Community Rights Amendment was the most sweeping of those proposed for the ballot to address concerns about a lack of local control over oil and gas drilling. Under the amendment a community could ban just about any industrial activity it found objectionable.