The Colorado oil and fuel business dropped greater than $30 million over the previous 12 months to persuade voters they had been accountable stewards of our land and that banning hydraulic fracturing would trigger extra hurt than good.
In the future after defeating Proposition 112 by greater than 200,000 votes, the business tossed all of that costly good will within the trash with a proposal from one operator to drill below Standley Lake and close by open area in Westminster.
Even should you’ve seen the statistics that present floor water contamination from fracking is virtually non-existent and spills that influence floor water are comparatively uncommon, the proposal from Highlands Pure Assets Corp. doubtless received your goat.
And right here’s why.
Proposition 112 was simple to oppose as a result of though it was billed as cheap setbacks for heavy business from occupied buildings, the language of the poll proposal would even have been an efficient ban on future drilling, particularly alongside the Entrance Vary.
No have to ban the business, we argued in an editorial urging voters to say no, as a result of the business is definitely working effectively with communities to return to good-faith compromises for accountable improvement that’s secure and fewer intrusive.
However that place is getting more and more tough to defend.
As an alternative of working with the group in Westminster, this proposal was dropped upon them with a “we all know you’ll be able to’t say ‘no’ ” mentality. We’ve seen that earlier than.
Boulder County has filed go well with towards Crestone Peak Assets for a proposal to — get this — put effectively pads on land that the county, utilizing taxpayer , has put aside for conservation. We don’t care how small the footprint of the effectively heads are — oil and fuel extraction will not be appropriate with land that’s in a conservation easement.
And the proposal close to Standley Lake was simply as unhealthy. Fortunately Highlands Pure Assets withdrew the proposal after a public outcry final week.
The business can do higher. We all know as a result of in counties which have heavy oil and fuel exercise voters turned out in droves to reject the proposal. If an business was threatening the well being, security and public lands in Weld County, 75 p.c of the voters wouldn’t have stated no to Prop. 112. In different counties which are situated over the Denver-Julesburg Basin, the opposition to 112 was as excessive as 88 p.c.
We nonetheless vehemently oppose banning fracking in Colorado.
However we’re additionally glad Democrats have received management of the Home, Senate and governors workplace. They’re prone to think about additional restrictions on the business. We hope they present restraint that acknowledges the necessary function this business performs in our financial system and in powering our properties, whereas concurrently recognizing in lots of regards present regulation favors the business on the expense of Colorado residents.