Colorado initiatives for local control of drilling OK’d for signatures

Colorado_State_SealBy Steve Raabe – The Denver Post – June. 16. 2014

Two more ballot initiatives that could limit oil and gas drilling have been approved for gathering of petition signatures by the Colorado Supreme Court.

Initiative 88 would require new oil and gas wells to be located at least 2,000 feet from the nearest occupied structure. Current state law establishes well setbacks at 500 feet.

Initiative 92 would give local governments the authority to limit or prohibit oil and gas development within their jurisdictions. The measure proposes that if state and local laws conflict, the more restrictive laws would govern drilling.

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Both initiatives would be amendments to the Colorado constitution, making them harder to overturn than statutory amendments.

Both also are backed by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder.

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