Two initiatives that sought to limit hydraulic fracturing in Colorado will not appear on November’s ballot.

According to Reuters, state officials said the two ballot initiatives failed to win enough signatures to account for those signatures that would be rejected during a random verification test.

The initiatives garnered just over 98,000 signatures and were submitted to state officials for approval earlier this month.

One of the initiatives sought to impose a new setback rule that would require new oil and gas facilities to be placed at least 2,500 feet from occupied structures and other areas such as parks.

The other initiative sought to grant  local officials regulatory control over new oil and gas developments.

Supporters of the ballot measures have 30 days to appeal the decision, Reuters said.

“Yes for Health and Safety over Fracking,” the group supporting the initiatives, told Reuters that it’s reviewing the decision to determine whether it will file an appeal.

Protect Colorado, an issue committee that opposed the measures, praised the decision on Monday.

“Colorado voters recognized that these extreme measure would destroy the state’s economy and take away private property rights. The voters read the petitions and declined to sign them because they understood the devastating consequences these initiatives would have on all Coloradans,” communications director for Protecting Colorado’s Economy, Environment, and Energy Independence Karen Crummy said.

The initiatives would have cost Colorado about 140,000 jobs and $217 billion in economic activity over the next 15 years, according to an analysis conducted by the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business.

According to Protect Colorado, the proposed setback requirements and increased local control over fracking could have eliminated “90 percent of all oil and natural gas development in the state.”

Earlier this year, Colorado’s Supreme Court struck down two local government bans on hydraulic fracturing.


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