Target: General public
Goal: Let local communities decide whether to allow fracking within their borders.
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that only state law, not local law, can limit fracking. One effort to overturn this misguided decision is Initiative 75, a state ballot initiative which would give local governments the right to ban fracking in order to protect public health and safety. When something poses such a large danger to the people, the people should have a voice in limiting it. Support Initiative 75.
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a method of accessing natural gas reserves. The process involves drilling and injection of high pressure water to fracture shale rocks, which releases the natural gas trapped inside. Fracking has been linked to an increased amount of earthquakes in an area and contamination of groundwater. There is also the risk of a gas leak, which would poison thousands of people and harm the environment.
Two cities in Colorado, Longmont and Fort Collins, voted to ban fracking. They did not like the danger that fracking posed, and used the democratic process to voice their dissent and take action. However, the state supreme court decided that the people did not have that power, and only the state government can limit fracking. The citizens of Colorado then decided that they would take it to the voters in the form of Initiative 75, an amendment to the state constitution that would give the cities the power to limit fracking.
The state government is too distant to feel the direct effect that fracking has on cities, and too close to the oil and gas associations to be trusted with fracking-limiting legislation. The power to decide fracking rights should lie with local governments; sign this petition to show support for Initiative 75.
A measure called Initiative 75 will be on the ballot in Colorado soon. If it passes, it will give local governments the power to regulate fracking, a natural gas extracting method that has dangerous consequences. Since communities are the ones being the most impacted by fracking, they should be the ones to decide whether to ban it or not.
Fracking poses many environmental and health problems. The fracturing of shale rock causes an increased amount of earthquakes in a region, groundwater can be contaminated, and gas leaks can poison the community. The state government is too far removed from the problem to be entrusted with something that has such a big impact on the citizens. Pledge to support Initiative 75, and stand up for the rights of the people.
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