Letter to the editor: Proposition would bring needed change

Posted 9/25/18

Proposition would bring needed change I urge voters to vote yes on Proposition 112, prohibiting oil and gas development within 2,500 feet from other drill holes, living structures and critical …

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Letter to the editor: Proposition would bring needed change

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Proposition would bring needed change

I urge voters to vote yes on Proposition 112, prohibiting oil and gas development within 2,500 feet from other drill holes, living structures and critical habitat. Chesapeake Oil has formed a joint venture with China and has an approved drilling and spacing program including horizontal drilling for fracking in section 8, Stonegate, adjacent to Grandview Estates, where I live. The location of the well would meet the current setbacks of 500 feet, but not the 2,500 feet required by Proposition 112, which would prevent the permitting of the well.

Many odd-numbered sections in Douglas County also have their underlying mineral rights owned by Anadarko. Scientists have shown that methane leakage from oil and gas operations contribute significantly to greenhouse gases are no longer acceptable, resulting in a climate emergency.

Proposition 112 will reduce public and environmental risk from fracking, handling of toxic materials and reducing the risk of short-circuiting with historic and abandoned wells by establishing a 2,500-foot cylinder of exclusion (450 acres) around schools and housing. There are viable alternatives for replacing methane for energy production in Colorado, namely wind and solar renewable energy production.

Water supplies in Douglas County are precious and limited in supply and must not be gambled on high density fracking. Approximately 8,000 residences in Douglas County are dependent on groundwater wells, mostly in non-renewable aquifers.

Vote yes on 112 to protect human health, safety and our precious water.

Charles H. Bucknam

Parker

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