DENVER (CBS4) – For the first time, the opposing sides in what could be the most hard fought ballot measure this year went head to head in a debate.

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Proposition 112 would require a 2,500 foot buffer between new oil and gas drilling in Colorado and any occupied structure or area that a local government declares vulnerable.

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“So what have now under this measure is a 2,500 foot setback and you draw a circle around that and it becomes a mile across. Then pretty soon you’ve got concentric circles across the state which takes out 94 percent of the private land in the top five oil and gas producing counties in Colorado, effectively a ban on our industry,” said Dan Haley, a Prop 112 opponent.

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“(The impact) is overly exaggerated,” said Heidi Henkel, a supporter of Prop 112. “I think there’s a lot of times, too, that people don’t realize that people who collected these signatures, people who signed this ballot initiative, are teachers, are school board members. They are people who would supposedly benefit from the severance taxes. But then we have schools that are — we have three schools doing emergency evacuation drills. So at what point do we say that money trumps health and safety. So we say no.”

Our 2018 Election partner, CPT 12, hosted the debate and CBS4’s Political Specialist Shaun Boyd was one of the moderators. The entire debate airs on CPT12 on Friday at 7 p.m. See it in the video below:


Comments (2)
  1. Jon Gruber says:

    Who pays for the schools and a large part of the CO state budget?
    the oil & gas industry
    By shutting them down you are hurting the entire state and the funding for state spending.

  2. Jack Johnson says:

    And this won’t stop Drilling and Oil & Gas Exploration “At All,” since even I know that with “Horizontal Directional Drilling,” available so often now, all Oil & Gas Companies can just drill and explore for Oil & Gas right where they would without the 2,500 foot Boundary. So, you All Should Know, it’s all a Oil & Gas Companies Misleading us All.