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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.”
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.