Voters to decide on state fracking initiatives |

Voters to decide on state fracking initiatives

A Colorado organization supporting two anti-fracking initiatives announced that its petitions had surpassed the signature threshold to place both initiatives on the state’s November ballot.

Coloradans for Safe and Clean Energy promotes increasing the distance between homes, schools and hospitals and fracking sites from the current 500-foot requirement to 2,000 feet (Initiative 88) and giving local governments more control over energy development (Initiative 89).

As of Thursday, July 24, Initiative 88 had secured 98,227 signatures, and Initiative 89 had 96,791 signatures. Both initiatives needed 86,105 signatures to appear before voters.

“Collecting nearly 100,000 signatures on each measure in just five weeks time proves the overwhelming support amongst Colorado voters for commonsense protections against roughshod fracking,” said spokeswoman Mara Sheldon. “Coloradans clearly want a balance between responsible energy development and having a safer place for our families to live and our children to play. Now they will have the opportunity to vote on it.”

The campaign is sponsored by Coloradans for Local Control, a group backed by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Boulder), and organizers will continue collecting signatures until the turn-in date of Aug. 4.

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