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Our Broomfield and Broomfield City Council Reach Agreement on Fracking Initiative Ballot Language

Our Broomfield and Broomfield City Council Reach Agreement on Fracking Initiative Ballot Language

Our Broomfield and Broomfield City Council Reach Agreement on Fracking Initiative Ballot Language

BROOMFIELD, Colorado (September 4, 2013) Our Broomfield and the Broomfield City Council were able to reach an agreement on the language for November’s fracking ballot initiative late yesterday. A number of hours were spent working out the language with the assistance of a mediator and Our Broomfield feels that the current Ballot title will help voters understand the issue they are voting on – should fracking be permitted in Broomfield prior to verifying its impact on safety and welfare of its citizens.

“We are pleased with the outcome and feel the revised Title accurately and fairly represents the intent of the ballot measure,” said Our Broomfield representative Nate Troup. He continued, “We believe the revised language speaks to the intent of the ballot measure, which is and always has been to issue a 5-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Broomfield to allow time for the completion of various Colorado-based studies on the impact of fracking on human health and the environment.”
Our Broomfield would like to thank our attorneys Mike Harris and Kelly Davis of the DU Environmental Law Clinic, and Dan Leftwich of MindDrive Legal Services LLC, as well as student attorneys Chris Stork and Lauren Hammond.
Our Broomfield will now begin its education campaign to help the voters of Broomfield understand the adverse health and environmental effect of allowing fracking in such close proximity to residential areas such as Broomfield and to ensure the meaning of the measure is not lost in the negative ad campaigns run by oil and gas interests. Our Broomfield will have a booth at Broomfield Days on September 21 and will hold a “Health Forum” at the Broomfield Auditorium on October 1.

Ballot question now reads as: “Shall Broomfield’s Home Rule Charter be amended for five years so as to prohibit the use of hydraulic fracturing to extract oil, gas, or other hydrocarbons within the City and County of Broomfield and to prohibit the disposal or open pit storage of solid or liquid wastes created in connection with the hydraulic fracturing process? “