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Measure 97 tells private property owners what they can and cannot do with their own land. This measure is so extreme that it increases setbacks to five times the distance of what is currently required, which effectively bans oil and natural gas development in the state, costing tens of thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions in tax revenue.
Measure 97 takes away more than $1 billion dollars annually in revenues from communities that are critical to state and local governments, schools and special districts. In fact, oil and natural gas contributed $839 million to K-12 schools in 2015 and 2016, and over the past eight years, the industry sent $615 million in severance tax to municipalities and counties for everything from new parks and recreational centers to funding public safety of local police and fire departments and road improvements.
What are Colorado’s Current Regulations?
Over the last seven years, Colorado has continuously improved the state’s oil and natural gas regulations so that they are some of the strictest regulations in the nation.
Colorado’s tough regulations require companies to work with local governments when planning oil and natural gas development and effectively protect the environment and the health and safety of all Coloradans. If Coloradans can’t responsibly access oil and natural gas on state land, they may be forced to rely on federal lands to meet their energy needs, further opening the door to development on some of the state’s most pristine public lands.
Maintaining responsible and reliable production of oil and natural gas right here at home means we rely less on unstable, hostile foreign regimes. A 2,500-foot setback would not only severely limit Colorado’s energy production, it will make our energy security harder to achieve.
Click here to learn more about the impacts of a 2,500-foot setback.
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Safeguarding private property from government confiscation is at the core of Colorado values. Measure 108 defends private property owners like homeowners, businesses, farmers and ranchers from state or local governments taking their property without compensation.
What Does it Mean?
Measure 108 protects all private property owners, including those who grow and raise our food and have invested a lifetime of financial and sweat equity into their property. When a government action takes or devalues property, it is only fair to make sure private property owners are compensated for their losses.
Denying family farmers, homeowners and other property owners the right to decide how to use their own land runs contrary to Colorado values. This measure will ensure that strong private property rights remain a cornerstone of the Colorado way of life.
Farmers and ranchers rely on royalty checks to supplement their income and ride out natural disasters and the unpredictable highs and lows of agricultural commodity prices. We must protect this safety net of fair compensation or it could have a devastating impact on the agricultural community and their families.