Colorado fracking ballot question campaign suspended

DENVER - Organizers of a proposed ballot question to give local governments more control over oil drilling in Colorado have suspended their campaign because they say they do not have enough signatures.

Backers of the initiative announced Monday that an analysis they did this week showed they would not be able to get more than the required 86,105 valid signatures to get on the November ballot.

The Denver Post reports that the initiative sought to give local governments the power to ban any industrial activity.

Petitioners had until Aug. 4 to turn in signatures. But other groups that want local governments to have more control over oil and gas drilling are still collecting signatures for their proposals. One would increase rig setbacks from homes from 500 feet to 2,000 feet.

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