The grassroots are rising in Colorado. The pro-oil and gas group Vital for Colorado pumped tens of thousands of dollars into the town of Erie’s municipal elections. But hard-line supporters of local control over extraction won the day. The Colorado Supreme Court recently approved the Colorado Rising (an anti-fracking coalition) statewide ballot initiative for 2,500-foot oil and gas buffer zones. This represents the final hurdle before statewide signature gathering. Colorado citizens have until August 6 to collect approximately 100,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot.
Another win for fracking reform? Jennifer Carroll is the new Mayor of Erie. Congratulations on your election win, Jennifer!
It’s Time for Fracking Reform
Rich Coolidge, a senior strategist with Vital for Colorado said, “In recent years, we have been troubled by growing negativity and obstruction in Colorado politics, especially at the local level.” Yep, I feel you, Rich. It’s hard when people grow tired of the oil and gas industry ruling the plains. They call out your lies and distortions. And demand that the health of their children, families and communities come first. When I’m elected to Congress, I’ll be right there with them.
I’m the only candidate in this congressional race who supports a 2,500-foot setback on drilling and a ban on fracking. Frankly, I believe professional politicians won’t fight oil and gas because:
- Campaign money is on the line
- They don’t want to upset “business as usual” politics
It’s Time to Put People Before Profits
I’m not scared of a righteous fight. Especially because recent research proves that children born from mothers who live within two miles of a fracking well are born underweight and less healthy than average newborns. You and I know extraction is about the profits, not the people or the planet. And politicians of all stripes are complicit. It’s time for a different kind of politics – and it’s time to be part of the solution.
It’s Time to Get Involved
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