Colorado Fracking Initiatives Advance After Ruling

DENVER (AP) – Supporters of ballot questions to give more control to local governments over fracking will be able to turn in signatures for six different measures after rulings from the Colorado Supreme Court.

Monday’ rulings mean that signatures collected for the initiatives can be turned in by the Aug. 4 deadline. The court ruled that the ballot questions accurately reflect what they intend to do and are not misleading.

The six initiatives include questions to increase setbacks for how far rigs can be from occupied properties. The current minimum is 500 feet. Other initiatives would give local governments more control over hydraulic fracturing and create an Environmental Bill of Rights.

Each petition requires 86,105 valid signatures to get on the November ballot.

Gov. John Hickenlooper is trying to find a legislative compromise to hold off the initiatives.

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