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Initiative 97 is bad for Colorado

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Dear Editor:

Here we go again. Environmental activists (with out of state backers) are trying once again to essentially ban fracking through Initiative 97, even though they failed miserably in 2016. You may remember back in 2016 they tried to trick the Colorado secretary of state's office with empty boxes and blank petitions in an effort to get their initiative on the ballot. Don't let them trick you into signing their petition.

The oil and gas industry provides countless benefits to Colorado and to our country. Implementing a 2,500-foot setback would essentially be a ban on oil and gas development in Colorado. I'm sure the out of state environmentalists and activists don't care what that would do to our economy, but I certainly do. Even if you take the economy out of the equation, how do they plan to replace the comforts that the industry brings to our state and Colorado families: warm homes in the winter, countless manufactured goods, medical advancements, tax revenue to support education and recreation, the list goes on and on.

I urge you to do your homework and decline to sign petitions for this initiative. Please join me and share the facts about this extreme measure with your family, friends, and neighbors. #97 is BAD for Colorado.

Keira Bresnahan
Grand Junction

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