The Colorado State legislative session, which just ended, managed to avoid a serious debate on fracking because Democrats believe it is a losing issue for their party in 2016.
The session passed one bill aimed to cause discomfort among anti-frackers and other advocates of appealing ballot issues that have dramatic impact on the state’s economy. House Bill 1057 will require a fiscal impact statement for all initiatives. Pro-fracking forces commenced a study last year that showed a fracking ban would cause the loss of tens of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs.
Valerie Richardson, who writes regularly for Washington D.C. news outlets, is now writing stories for the new publisher of the Colorado Statesman. Read her fracking article here.