Colorado Supreme Court rejects challenges to Polis-backed oil & gas measures

DJ Basin Oil Drilling Rig - Image Credit - Encana Inc.

DJ Basin Oil Drilling Rig – Image Credit – Encana Inc.

Cathy Proctor and Ed Sealover – Denver Business Journal  June, 30, 2014

The Colorado Supreme Court Monday blocked challenges to six ballot proposals backed by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis concerning local regulation of oil and gas operations.

The ruling means the campaign backing the measures can move forward with collecting signatures to put some of them before voters this fall.

The court dismissed challenges to six ballot proposals: No. 85, 86, 87, 89, 90 and 93.

The proposals vary slightly, but in general address either how far drilling rigs should be from homes or whether local governments should have the authority to limit or ban oil and gas development within their jurisdictions.

They are among nine proposals that were filed and are supported by Polis. The other three already have been approved for signature gathering.

The campaign in mid June started gathering signatures on Initiative 88 (mandating 2,000-foot setbacks between wells and inhabited structures) and Initiative 89 (asserting a right to clean air, water and scenic values).

“The campaign is very pleased with today’s outcome from the Supreme Court,” said Nick Passanante, the campaign director for a group called “Safe. Clean. Colorado”, which Polis has helped financially.

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