Coloradoan endorsements: Proposition 112 and Amendment 74 aren’t right for Colorado

Highly contentious initiatives on the November ballot ostensibly are about topics that are close to Coloradans’ hearts: Local control of land use, property values, jobs, and health and safety.

But they are really about the oil and gas industry and the powerful influence it has in our state. To some extent, voters will determine whether that should change.

Proposition 112 would establish a 2,500-foot setback for new oil and gas drilling and fracking operations from occupied structures and “vulnerable areas,” which would include playgrounds, public open spaces and parks, drinking water sources as well as waterways such as lakes, rivers, canals and streambeds. It would include dry creeks that only carry water during summer gulley-washers.