Fractivists gush over 2016 ballot initiatives

Author: Jennifer Kerns - April 13, 2016 - Updated: April 13, 2016

Anti-fracking environmental activists aim to have three proposals on the November ballot that would make it tougher for the energy industry to engage in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in Colorado. The three initiatives — numbered 63, 75 and 78 — filed by Coloradans Resisting Extreme Energy Development are the last proposals standing from the nearly dozen initially filed by activists last year. Initiative 78 proposes a mandatory setback of at least 2,500 feet for any new oil and gas wells - including wells that undergo fracking - from occupied structures or what proponents call "areas of concern." Those areas of concern could include lakes, rivers, playgrounds, sports fields, public parks, open spaces, outdoor concert facilities, and drinking water sources (even though Gov. John Hickenlooper himself drank fracking water a few years ago to prove it is safe).

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Jennifer Kerns

Jennifer Kerns

Jennifer Kerns is an executive editor at The Colorado Statesman. She is an accomplished conservative political writer and contributor to several national publications including The Blaze, The Washington Times, and The Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal. She also served as the communications director and spokeswoman for the 2013 Colorado recall elections to defend Coloradans' Second Amendment rights.