Colorado voters reject Proposition 112 referendum on oil and gas setbacks.

November 29, 2018

Colorado voters rejected Proposition 112 on election day in the state’s first referendum on oil and gas setbacks. Final results stand at 43 percent in favor and 57 percent against. The measure needed 50 percent approval to pass, according to a November 6, 2018 report from The Coloradoan.

Had Proposition 112 passed, Colorado would have approved the country’s largest mandatory buffer between new wells and homes, schools, waterways and other areas deemed “vulnerable”: 2,500 feet, five times the existing standard of 500 feet.

“Were grateful that Coloradans stood with the energy sector to oppose this measure,” said Dan Haley, president and CEO of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, in a statement. “I want every Coloradan to know that we are committed to developing our resources in a responsible manner that protects the environment and keeps our employees and communities healthy and safe.”

The measure wouldn’t have applied to Colorado’s nearly 50,0000 existing wells but would have made it much harder to drill new wells on nonfederal land.

Proponents of the setback increase argued a larger buffer is crucial to prevent adverse health and safety impacts for people who live and work near oil and gas operations. Opponents argued the increase would dislodge an industry crucial to Colorado’s economy.

What this means to you
Colorado voters rejected Proposition 112 on election day in the state’s first referendum on oil and gas setbacks. Final results stand at 43 percent in favor and 57 percent against.

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