Letter to the editor

Posted 10/22/18

Say no to 112 I’ve worked in the oil and natural gas industry for five years, and before that, I knew nothing about oil and gas. If Proposition 112 was on the ballot back then, I probably would …

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Letter to the editor

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Say no to 112

I’ve worked in the oil and natural gas industry for five years, and before that, I knew nothing about oil and gas. If Proposition 112 was on the ballot back then, I probably would have voted yes. It sounds reasonable — until you read between the lines.

Proposition 112 would establish a 2,500-foot setback between new oil and natural gas development and occupied structures or other “vulnerable areas” — the most troubling phrase in the proposition. The definition of “vulnerable areas” includes things like dry creek beds, which is a channel formerly occupied by a stream, and a laundry list of other areas. Can you imagine how many dry creek beds exist in Colorado?

I read the full measure and did my research, and while cleverly disguised, it’s irrational. If Prop 112 passes the industry would soon cease to exist in Colorado, because these “vulnerable areas” mean 85 percent of nonfederal surface acreage would be off-limits. If this industry is banned, 147,800 jobs could be lost.

After working in oil and gas for five years, I believe in this industry and the people who make it possible.

I’m a wife. I’m a mother. I’m a Broncos fan. I’m a craft beer lover. I’m a fitness enthusiast. I’m not “big oil.” The industry is your neighbors, your friends and your fellow Coloradans who love this state. I am Colorado oil and gas and I’m afraid for my livelihood. Please vote no on Proposition 112.

Rachel McNerney

Parker

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