Coloradans for Responsible Reform
For 20 years, business, labor, nonprofit and civic organizations have united under the Coloradans for Responsible Reform (CFRR) banner to support or oppose ballot measures having a major impact on Colorado’s economic vitality and quality of life. The building of broad, diverse coalitions and the use of strong, no-nonsense messaging have characterized those efforts.
In 2005, CFRR formed the largest coalition Colorado has ever seen to gain voter approval of Referendum C. In 2010, The New York Times described the bi-partisan CFRR coalition opposing Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101 as “the most powerful group in Colorado.”
In 2014, Colorado is facing another serious threat to the state’s economy. Nineteen ballot measures have been filed that attempt to ban oil and gas drilling in Colorado’s five major energy-producing counties… even going so far as to try ban any business from operating within a community.
The proposed measures all fall under one of three forms:
Under the guise of “local control,” encouraging elections in all of Colorado’s 271 cities and 64 counties to regulate and ban businesses generally and, in some cases, the oil and gas industry specifically;
Increasing the existing requirement for a 500-foot buffer between new wells and homes to a setback ranging from a half-mile to one-mile between drilling operations and occupied structures;
Granting any Colorado citizen standing to file suit when he or she disagrees with the state’s environmental regulations and/or the way those regulations are being enforced.
Each of these measures shares a common denominator – disguising a statewide ban on oil and gas development as something that might be more palatable to Colorado voters.
Regardless of which of these measures reach the ballot, they present a serious threat to Colorado’s job base and economic recovery. An attack on even one industry is an attack on the state’s economy and Coloradans for Responsible Reform is committed to fight such an attack.