Letter to the editor

Posted 10/11/18

Vote no on 112 I work in the oil and gas industry, and it goes without saying that oil and gas is a major part of my life. What I’m willing to bet you don’t realize is that even if you don’t, …

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Letter to the editor

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Vote no on 112

I work in the oil and gas industry, and it goes without saying that oil and gas is a major part of my life. What I’m willing to bet you don’t realize is that even if you don’t, oil and gas is a major part of your life, too. That’s why I’m encouraging you to vote no on Proposition 112.

Proposition 112 will make setbacks for drilling 2,500 feet from any occupied building, waterway and other “areas of special concern” which are areas that haven’t even been determined yet by local governments. In effect, Proposition 112 will disallow new oil and gas drilling on 85 percent of the private and state lands in Colorado. The oil and gas industry cannot survive here if you remove this much inventory.

How this affects you is that Colorado-produced oil and gas contributes substantially to the services we all use and the quality of life we all enjoy. We’re talking $30 billion in GDP. Hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue that goes to things like K-12 funding, municipal services like fire districts, and low-cost energy that heats our homes and cooks our food. Remove locally-produced energy from the equation and your bills are going to go up.

So don’t vote no on Proposition 112 for my sake. Do it for all of ours.

Justin Shoulders

Englewood

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