Locals oppose possible frack-ban question

While anti-fracking activists continue to hold out hope for a question being put to Colorado voters about banning the practice of hydraulic fracturing, a local group of citizens and business leaders from the Western Slope are taking a stand against the idea.

“We are fighting back against extremists who want to ban fracking, divide our state and violate our private property rights,” Carrie Couey, steering committee member of the Piceance Energy Action Council, said in a news release.

The “extremists” the group refers to include Coloradans Against Fracking, a group that earlier this week disrupted a meeting of Gov. Hickenlooper’s Oil and Gas Task Force. That task force was charged with coming up with recommendations to bridge the gap between energy interests and environmental interests.

PEAC said that the recent interruption of the task force “represents just the latest attempt by extremist groups to force a ban on oil and gas production in the midst of what is supposed to be a compromise from both sides on creating more stringent energy regulations.”

Another PEAC steering committee member, Michael Baker, said, “If compromise and collaboration is truly the goal of the conservation community, then they need to speak out now about how detrimental a ban could be on our state.”

PEAC describes itself as a council of citizens dedicated to educating the community of western Colorado — “using facts and science, on the importance of responsible energy development and its benefit on generations to come.”

Activists with Coloradans Against Fracking told The Associated Press Thursday that they have backed off a threat to try and get a statewide frack ban question on the Colorado ballot, but they reserve the right to if Hickenlooper doesn’t act.


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