Hickenlooper and Polis Reach Drilling Compromise, 4 Ballot Measures Dropped

Representative Jared Polis and Governor John Hickenlooper have come to an agreement that will result in four of the fracking-related initiatives being dropped from the November state-wide ballot. This includes initiatives 88 and 89, which would have increased setback limits and allowed municipalities to ban fracking. As part of the compromise, Hickenlooper proposed that “an… More »

Santa Barbara Counsel: Fracking Ban Would Be Costly

According to Santa Barbara attorneys, a ban on fracking could come at a large expense to county residents. Measure P could potentially ban any “high intensity” drilling methods, including fracking, cyclic steaming and well acidification in Santa Barbara County. Opponents argue that the language of Measure P is broad enough to threaten existing production in… More »

Longmont Fracking Ban in Violation of State Law

In a decision handed down earlier this week, a Colorado District Court ruled that the town of Longmont had no legal authority to enact a voter-approved ban on fracking within its boundaries.  “The Court finds Article XVI of the Longmont Municipal Charter, which bans hydraulic fracturing and the storage and disposal of hydraulic fracturing waste… More »

Two Fracking Initiatives Make CO Ballot

Two anti-fracking initiatives in Colorado have reportedly garnered enough support to be included on the November ballot. The Washington Examiner reports that Coloradoans for Safe and Clean Energy have gathered more than the 86,105 signatures needed to put the measures up for state-wide vote. Initiative 88 increases setback requirements for new oil and gas wells… More »