At their Oct. 1 meeting Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes passed a resolution opposing Proposition 112.
In their resolution they noted that Colorado is a major energy-producing state, ranked fifth in the nation for natural gas production and seventh in oil production, according to U.S. government data.
Likewise, Colorado is widely recognized as a national leader in developing health, safety and environmental protection.
Oil and natural gas development is a critical sector of the Colorado state economy, supporting jobs and supplying locally produced and affordable energy to households and businesses all across the state.
Both candidates for governor of Colorado oppose Proposition 112. Democratic nominee Jared Polis says Proposition 112 would "all but ban" oil and natural gas development in Colorado. Republican nominee Walker Stapleton calls the measure an "energy ban in disguise."
REMI Partnership, a coalition of state business groups, finds the setback initiative would eliminate over $26 billion annually in state GDP economic growth; more than $1 billion in state and local tax revenue per year; and almost 150,000 Colorado jobs by 2030.
The commissioners find Proposition 112 to be a one-size-fits-all, blunt instrument which would create a de facto ban on oil and gas production, even in communities that embrace responsible energy development, showing that proponents of Proposition 112 do not support local control as they claim.