I've lived in Colorado my whole life. But my home is under attack by Big Oil. Colorado is one of the most heavily fracked states in the country, with more than 55,000 active oil and gas wells.
But this year, we have an historic opportunity to change that. Food & Water Watch is working with Colorado Rising to pass Proposition 112, a measure to create a 2,500-foot buffer zone between new fracking wells and homes, schools, hospitals and drinking water sources.
A recent study from the Colorado School of Public Health shows that people living within 2,500 feet of oil and gas wells are more likely to develop serious health issues, including respiratory problems, birth defects and even cancer. And climate change, driven by fossil fuel extraction, is leading to more droughts and wildfires in our state.
That is why we need to pass Proposition 112 — drilling and fracking are too dangerous to be so close to homes and schools, threatening our health, water and climate.
The dirty energy industry is mounting a fierce fight against this ballot measure. So far this year, oil and gas corporations have given $26 million to Protect Colorado, a group fighting Proposition 112. Protect Colorado is flooding our airwaves and mailboxes, trying to scare voters into believing that Proposition 112 will be bad for Colorado.
Big Oil has succeeded in buying off both major political parties in our state. Now they’re trying to buy off Colorado voters too.
We don't have millions to spend on ads, but we do have passionate volunteers to help us get our message to voters. Research demonstrates that having honest, genuine conversations with individual voters is by far the most effective way to increase awareness of a campaign and motivate citizens to vote.
That’s why we have been on the ground for months, working with volunteers to knock on doors, send text message, and make phone calls to voters here in Denver and across the state. We’ve heard from thousands of Coloradans who are ready to stand up to Big Oil, and vote to protect our communities from the dangers of fracking.
All eyes are on Colorado this fall. If we pass Proposition 112, not only will we be protecting our homes and our health from fracking, but we will be showing the world that organized people can take on corporate interests -- and win.