Press Release February 24, 2014

Local Control Over Fracking To Be On the Ballot

Ballot initiative will give Coloradans local control over oil and gas development in their communities

DENVER, COLO. — On Friday, Feb. 21, a coalition of groups calling itself Local Control Colorado submitted language to the Colorado Legislative Services for a constitutional amendment to give local communities in Colorado control over whether to allow the controversial oil and gas extraction method of fracking (hydraulic fracturing) in their communities. The initiative comes on the heels of Governor Hickenlooper releasing weak air quality rules that fail to protect Coloradans from the inherent health and safety dangers that are associated with oil and gas development and fracking.

“My first responsibility is to my children – to ensure they have a healthy community in which to grow up,” said Laura Fronckiewicz with Our Broomfield. “Govenor Hickenlooper has failed to keep us safe from fracking. For this reason, this ballot measure is necessary to ensure that we have the right to determine whether fracking is allowed next to our homes or schools,”.

In the past 15 months, five Colorado communities made history by passing local ballot measures to stop fracking in Longmont, Fort Collins, Boulder, Lafayette and Broomfield, despite nearly $1.3 million in combined spending by the oil and gas industry to defeat these initiatives. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) has subsequently sued Fort Collins, Longmont and Lafayette to undermine these democratic votes to protect health, safety and property from fracking. Governor Hickenlooper has also authorized the use of state money to launch two separate lawsuits against Longmont over its efforts to protect its citizens from fracking.
Despite these intimidation tactics, Coloradans in Loveland, Greeley, Colorado Springs, Delta County and dozens of other communities across the state have joined a chorus of hundreds-of-thousands of Coloradans speaking out in favor of protecting their health, safety and property from the extreme oil and gas extraction method of fracking.

“Citizens for a Healthy Fort Collins is supporting this local control measure because we believe that all communities deserve the right to protect public health, safety and property values in their own communities, just as we have here in Fort Collins,” said Kelly Giddens, a mother and founder of Citizens for a Healthy Fort Collins. “Coloradans should not live in fear that the Governor or the oil and gas industry will bring a lawsuit if you try to protect your family or property from fracking.”

Once the language is approved in accordance with Colorado rules and statutory requirements, Local Control Colorado will need to collect 86,000 signatures by August 4 to qualify for the statewide ballot in November.

To view a copy of the ballot language, please visit http://www.localcontrolcolorado.org
Local Control Colorado is a coalition of community, consumer and public interest groups from across Colorado: Citizens for a Healthy Fort Collins, Our Broomfield, Frack Free Colorado, Protect Our Loveland, Our Longmont, Boulder County Citizens for Community Rights, 350 Colorado, Food & Water Watch, Citizens for a Healthy Community, and Pikes Peak Alliance for the Future.

Contact: Kelly Giddens, Citizens for a Healthy Fort Collins, 970-286-7974

Laura Fronckiewicz, Our Broomfield, 312-533-0525