Letter to the editor: Initiative would be a setback

Posted 7/10/18

Initiative would be a setback Colorado is the most regulated oil and natural gas producing state in the US. That is a good thing. I live, work and play here and love it; I feel very fortunate.  The …

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Letter to the editor: Initiative would be a setback

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Initiative would be a setback

Colorado is the most regulated oil and natural gas producing state in the US. That is a good thing. I live, work and play here and love it; I feel very fortunate. 

The 2,500-foot setback, ballot initiative 97, proposed by the out of state money,“keep-it-in-the-ground” folks will kill the industry in Colorado. Property owners will have no say on their surface as waivers will not be allowed. Mineral owners will not receive the royalties they are entitled to if wells cannot be drilled. This is a “taking” of property rights. If the ballot initiative proposed by these single minded folks makes it to the ballot box in November, say goodbye to billions of tax dollars used to fund schools, fire districts, parks, and many more needed and wanted services.

Also my job goes away; a great job that has given our family health benefits that were so appreciated when my husband was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo a tough regimen of chemo. And the “C” journey is not over...more tests (hard plastic machines), more blood work (plastic tubes), Doctors appointments (transportation how?). What do you think chemo drugs come in? Plastic bags. And, what is plastic made out of? Oil and natural gas by-products.

We cannot live without the oil and natural gas by-products used to make so many everyday things: health products, appliances, cell phones, cars, rubber, bicycles, water bottles, recreation equipment (skis, boats, snow shoes, hockey equipment, helmets, etc.). You get the picture! Read and learn the facts not the fiction.

The 2,500-foot setback proposed would basically ban drilling in Colorado. Decline to sign ballot initiative 97!

Nancy McDonald

Highlands Ranch

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