Group Launches TV Ad Promoting Ballot Measure for Local Control Over Fracking

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Local Control Colorado launched a 30 second TV ad today promoting the proposed ballot measure that would give citizens the ability to ban fracking in their communities.

The TV ad asks, “Would you want to live here? Want your kids to play here? Next to a fracking rig? Fracking can occur just 501 feet from businesses, playgrounds, even your home, and right now you and your neighbors can’t stop it.”

The TV ad says that with local control over oil and gas drilling, Coloradans will have the tools “to protect your neighborhood” from fracking. The TV ads will air on Denver cable.

In February, Local Control Colorado submitted language to the Colorado Legislative Council for a constitutional amendment to place control over fracking directly in the hands of constituents. The organization states that with oil and gas development becoming more prevalent in Colorado communities, current state legislation is failing to represent the will and best interests of the people. Local Control Colorado is concerned with the growing body of evidence that suggests hydraulic fracturing and other highly industrial processes are associated with severe health impacts, lowered property values and contamination of our air and water.

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“Would you want to live here? Want your kids to play here? Next to a fracking rig? Fracking can occur just 501 feet from businesses, playgrounds, even your home, and right now you and your neighbors can’t stop it.”

“My first responsibility is to my children—to ensure they have a healthy community in which to grow up,” said Laura Fronckiewicz with Our Broomfield. “Govenor Hickenlooper has failed to keep us safe from fracking. For this reason, this ballot measure is necessary to ensure that we have the right to determine whether fracking is allowed next to our homes or schools.”

Local Control Colorado is a coalition of community, consumer and public interest groups from across Colorado, including Citizens for a Healthy Fort Collins, Our Broomfield, Frack Free Colorado, Protect Our Loveland, Our Longmont, Boulder County Citizens for Community Rights, 350 Colorado, Food & Water Watch, Citizens for a Healthy Community and Pikes Peak Alliance for the Future.

“Citizens for a Healthy Fort Collins is supporting this local control measure because we believe that all communities deserve the right to protect public health, safety and property values in their own communities, just as we have here in Fort Collins,” said Kelly Giddens, a mother and founder of Citizens for a Healthy Fort Collins. “Coloradans should not live in fear that the Governor or the oil and gas industry will bring a lawsuit if you try to protect your family or property from fracking.”

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