Cathy Proctor – Reporter-Denver Business Journal – July, 17, 2014
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, surrounded by a crowd of senior executives representing the state’s biggest industries, on Thursday joined with the business-backed powerhouse Coloradans for Responsible Reform (CFRR) to launch a fight against two ballot proposals backed by a fellow Democrat, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder.
The proposals, Nos. 88 and 89, take aim at the state’s oil and gas industry, but would have a widespread effect on many of the state’s industries, Hickenlooper said at a press conference at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
He was backed by many senior business leaders in Denver.
“The diversity of the coalition highlights that Coloradans have come together to fight these ballot initiatives,” said Donna Lynne, an executive vice president at the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and chairwoman of the Denver chamber.
If they make the November ballot and are passed by state voters, Initiative 88 would quadruple the state’s minimum setbacks between wells and occupied structures to 2,000 feet, while Initiative 89 would assert Coloradans’ right to clean air, water and scenic values.
“These measures risk thousands and thousands of jobs, billions in investment and millions in tax revenues,” Hickenlooper said. “A 2,000-foot setback would have consequences for every industry in the state.”