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Oil & gas measures fail signature test, appeal considered

Author: Mike McKibbin - August 29, 2016 - Updated: August 29, 2016

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It's official, the fight against fracking has reached a dead end in this 2016 election year in news perhaps not surprising to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. The governor this week predicted the demise of two ballot initiatives that would have sought to limit hydraulic fracturing operations in the state. Turns out he was right. Neither of the two measures proposed by anti-fracking activist groups will appear on the November general election ballot after the Colorado Secretary of State's Office determined not enough valid signatures had been turned in by advocates to accomplish that goal. Anti-fracking groups allege an "unprecedented" amount of opposition funding and harassment of petition signature collectors by oil- and-natural-gas-backed opponents helped to keep the two proposed measures off the ballot.

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Mike McKibbin

Mike McKibbin

Mike McKibbin is a Denver and Washington political reporter for The Colorado Statesman. A long-time Colorado-based journalist, he has worked as an editor and bureau reporter and won numerous Colorado Press Association and Associated Press awards. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcKibbin7 and email mike@coloradostatesman.com.