Letter to the editor: 112 would be a real setback

Posted 10/24/18

112 would be a real setback I am a proud employee of the energy industry in Colorado. There is a proposition on the November ballot that would have well documented adverse consequences to …

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Letter to the editor: 112 would be a real setback

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112 would be a real setback

I am a proud employee of the energy industry in Colorado. There is a proposition on the November ballot that would have well documented adverse consequences to Colorado’s economy in the form of lost jobs and decreased state and local tax revenue.

Proposition 112 is being presented as a way to protect the health and safety of homeowners and communities, but the measure does more than increase existing setbacks five-fold from buildings. It also creates new 2,500-foot setbacks around features that have nothing to do with health and safety, such as “public open space, irrigation canals, reservoirs, lakes, rivers, perennial or intermittent streams, and creeks, and any additional vulnerable areas designated by the state or a local government”. If enacted, Proposition 112 would ban new energy development on 94 percent of state and private property in Colorado’s top-five producing counties.

Regulations governing Colorado’s oil and natural gas industry are already among the most protective in the nation and they are constantly evolving. In 2013, Colorado increased its setback requirements from buildings and now they are the most stringent in the country. In the past year, Colorado enacted two significant new regulations covering air emissions and pipelines. The state is presently addressing citizen’s concerns about the proximity of oil and gas operations to schools and orphan wells.

Working in Colorado’s oil and gas industry has improved the quality of life for my family in many ways. Proposition 112 could change that, not only for me but also for 147,000 of my fellow employees and their families.

Sean Kelly

Centennial

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