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Answering your questions about oil & gas Initiative 97

Author: Marshall Zelinger, 9News - August 31, 2018 - Updated: August 31, 2018

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An oil rig near homes in Fort Collins. (David O. Williams, Colorado Politics)

Initiative 97 is creating a lot of questions, and it’s only officially been on the November ballot since Wednesday.

The ballot issue will ask voters to approve a bigger buffer zone for future oil and gas operations.

A yes vote means you want new oil and gas operations on state-owned or privately-owned land to be more than 2,500 feet away from homes, schools, hospitals and buildings, and also “vulnerable areas” defined as playgrounds, lakes, reservoirs and streams.

A no vote means the current regulations would remain unchanged. Oil and gas operations must be more than 500 feet from homes and 1,000 feet from schools.

A yes vote only impacts new oil and gas operations. Current active operations would not have to move if Initiative 97 passes. However, inactive sites that want to be turned back on, would have to abide by whatever limit is currently in law at that time.

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Marshall Zelinger, 9News

Marshall Zelinger, 9News