A grass-roots Colorado environmental group has scrapped plans to seek an anti-fracking ballot measure in 2020, Kallanish Energy reports.
Colorado Rising had been exploring several ballot initiatives for Nov. 3 to toughen Colorado rules on oil and natural gas drilling, after an earlier effort failed in 2018.
But that latest effort has ended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters reported.
Collecting signatures on petitions in Colorado had raised concerns about the virus and sending volunteers door to door to collect signatures, officials said.
A medical initiative in California has also been postponed to 2022 due to virus worries.
In 2018, Colorado voters rejected a 2,500-foot setback on O&G operations under what was known as Proposition 112.
Colorado Rising has been looking at the 2,500-foot setback again and several other options.
The group would need to collect about 125,000 signatures to put an initiative on the ballot.
Last year, Colorado adopted stricter rules on drilling including giving local communities more control. But those measures don’t go far enough to protect the health of Colorado residents, Colorado Rising has said.
Industry spokesmen said Colorado voters rejected such setback rules that threatened O&G drilling in the state and has urged voters not to sign such petitions.
Colorado is the No. 5 oil-producing state in the U.S.
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