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Just off Interstate Highway 25, Drill Rig 1548 of Encana Natural Gas stands near homes in the town of Frederick in Weld County, Colorado. (Image: MileHighTraveler via iStockPhoto)
Just off Interstate Highway 25, Drill Rig 1548 of Encana Natural Gas stands near homes in the town of Frederick in Weld County, Colorado. (Image: MileHighTraveler via iStockPhoto)

Colorado fracking opponents prepare to go to the ballot

DENVER — Opponents of fracking in Colorado are preparing to go to the ballot to either ban the practice or keep it away from homes and schools.

Members of a Boulder County-based citizens group submitted paperwork Tuesday for 11 potential ballot questions. The Denver Post reports that most are focused on increasing the distance between oil and gas wells and homes and schools but they also include a proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing.

They are similar to ones pulled from the 2014 ballot after Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis reached a deal to create a task force to seek a compromise.

If state officials sign off on the language, backers would have to collect signatures from just over 98,000 voters for each proposal to get them on the ballot.

In related news, Third Colorado oil, gas rule-making meeting yields more complaints of finer points.

Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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