Colorado is a key battle ground in the debate over shale energy development. Earlier this week, voters in one community, Loveland, looked past the scare tactics of shale energy opponents and rejected a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing:
Thousands of Loveland residents voted against Question 1, the only item on the city’s special election ballot, which proposed a two-year moratorium on fracking and a study of the process’ potential health impacts.
B.J. Nikkel, director of the Loveland Energy Action Project, told the Denver Business Journal, “Loveland serves as a great example that when voters receive the right information and encouragement they see through the activists’ deception and fear tactics.”
Karen Crummy, spokeswoman for Protecting Colorado’s Environment, Economy, and Energy Independence, added:
This election should serve as a warning to those pushing similar ballot proposals statewide. Coloradans will not be manipulated by uncompromising activists peddling fear instead of facts.
A number of energy-related referendums could be on the state ballot this fall. A November 2013 poll found that Coloradans support hydraulic fracturing 51% to 34%.
Shale energy opponents’ goal is clear: Scare the public with misinformation. When informed that shale energy development results in job creation and economic growth, voters support it.
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