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Anti-Fracking Activists Tell Rep. Polis They’re Upset With Compromise

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BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Not everyone is happy about a fracking compromise announced on Monday.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis brokered the deal. It removed four controversial measures from the November ballot, some of which would have made drilling more difficult.

Activists protest a fracking compromise between Gov. Hickenlooper and Rep. Jared Polis (credit: CBS)

Activists protest a fracking compromise between Gov. Hickenlooper and Rep. Jared Polis (credit: CBS)

On Tuesday anti-fracking activists protested the deal outside the Meadows Library in Boulder just before a Polis event. They are upset they gathered thousands of signatures to get the measures on the ballot just to have the initiatives dropped.

They are upset that they gathered thousands of signatures to get those measures on the ballot, only to have them dropped.

“We watched in horror as you blatantly hijacked Colorado’s Democratic process when you threw away thousands of signatures for statewide initiatives 88 and 89,” said one protester.

Polis said it was not a disregard for voters’ actions but instead a compromise that he hopes will help everyone move forward.

“Look we’re going to have disagreements on how to make progress. We also might have policy differences. Some people might want to ban fracking altogether. Listen, listen… one thing I will always be to you is honest,” said Polis.

In exchange for dropping the measures, the state will form a task force to make recommendations on setbacks and local control to the state Legislature.

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