Looking at the history of interactions between the oil and gas industry and our communities over the past several years, it's abundantly clear why the people of Colorado are bringing Proposition 112 forth. Instead of adopting better health and safety standards to residents and workers, the oil and gas industry has rebuffed all prior reasonable legislative solutions and instead chosen to invest over $80 million dollars to undermine all citizen-led efforts that would allow communities to protect themselves from drilling operations that are destroying their neighborhoods.
Opposition to Initiative #108, a constitutional ballot measure that would bar governments from reducing the value of private property without fair payment is heating up, two days before petitions for the measure are expected to be turned in to the Secretary of State.
State Sen. Vicki Marble, a Fort Collins Republican, has filed a lawsuit against the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission challenging its recent decision that found she had violated the state's constitutional amendment on ethics.
Homeowers, legislators and regulators agree Colorado's oil and gas forced pooling law, used by drillers to consolidate mineral rights, needs an overhaul, but whether there are enough legislative votes to do it is another story.
A decision on an ethics violation complaint levied against Republican Sen. Vicki Marble of Fort Collins is yet another month away, after the members of the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission decided they need more time to hammer out an opinion on the alleged violation.