Letter to the editor: 112 is too extreme


112 is too extreme

The benefits of cheap, clean-burning, and locally-produced oil and natural gas touch every part of Colorado. Even here in Englewood where we’re many miles from production, the oil and gas industry makes an impact. It’s with this in mind that I’d encourage everyone to vote no on Proposition 112.

The effects of increasing oil and gas setbacks to nearly half a mile will be felt both immediately, and over the long term. Colorado would stand to lose 43,000 jobs in the first year alone, and more than 140,000 jobs through 2030, as stated by the Common Sense Policy Roundtable. While the oil and gas industry will be hit hard, the ripple effect to other trades is profound. Having a robust oil and gas industry means cheaper energy prices, full tax coffers, and a strong economy in other sectors. The majority of jobs lost will be from industries outside of oil and gas, including education, construction and health care. Setbacks this extreme will effectively eliminate oil and gas development altogether; a ban that will mean a loss of revenue critical for schools, parks, road improvements, police and fire departments. Neither will extreme setbacks contribute to safer industry operations; Colorado already has the strongest regulations in the country when it comes to air, water and flowlines, which help ensure environmental protection.

When casting your ballot, I urge you to say no to this extreme ballot measure and vote no on 112. 

Brian Bolton



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