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What is Initiative 97?


September 6, 2018

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Interactive map of oil and gas wells in the Niwot-Gunbarrel area

Initiative 97—the Fracking Distance Initiative—will be on the ballot this November, thanks to volunteers who collected the 98,942 signatures required to get it on the statewide ballot.

What does Initiative 97 entail? Currently, oil and gas wells that utilize hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are allowed to be drilled 500 feet from homes and 1,000 feet from schools. If Initiative 97 passes in November, that distance will increase to 2,500 feet from any occupied structure, to also include drinking water sources, and other vulnerable areas such as parks and playgrounds.

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