Your vote is your voice

After weeks of television ads, debates, and breathless claims from proponents of Proposition 112, it’s finally time.

It’s finally time to stand up for our livelihoods. It’s time to stand up for our communities and to stand up for Colorado.

It’s time to vote.

County clerks across the state will begin mailing ballots to registered voters today. If you are registered to vote, you will be receiving a ballot in the mail in the next several days. (If you’re waiting for it to arrive and wondering where it is, you can check on the status of your ballot here.)

Once you receive the ballot and vote, you can return it by mail or drop it off at any ballot drop-off box or Voter Service & Polling Center. (Check your county clerk’s website for locations and more information.) While Colorado is an “all mail election” state, if you want to vote on Election Day, you still can. You can also register to vote on Election Day. Find your polling location by visiting www.govotecolorado.com.

As employees of Colorado’s oil and natural gas industry, it is imperative that our voices are heard in this debate over Proposition 112. After all, it’s our jobs that are being placed on the line, along with the livelihoods of our friends and neighbors.

An extreme activist agenda, fueled by out-of-state money, could put up to 147,000 Coloradans out of work over the next 11 years — more than 113,000 of them outside of oil and natural gas, according to a study released by the Common Sense Policy Roundtable.

We can’t let this happen.

Prop 112 is a rigid half-mile setback from oil and gas facilities to the nearest occupied structure, park, ball field, open space, stream, lake, intermittent stream – you name it. It would radically increase the amount of surface area off-limits to responsible energy development by 26 times. That’s correct, 26 times, which is why this measure is a ban.

By 2030, the state would lose $218 billion in GDP. Up to $98 billion in personal income would be lost and $9 billion in state and local tax revenues would disappear.

It will hurt state and local governments, fire, school and water districts, and other services Coloradans rely on every day. If it passes, it would put 94 percent of private land in the top 5 oil and gas producing counties off limits to new development.

Proponents will tell you this initiative is about health and safety. But that’s not true. Colorado’s state health department has verified repeatedly, through extensive measurements, that current setback requirements ensure the health and safety of Coloradans. Oil and natural gas is a safe industry that is only getting safer with new technology and constant innovation.

Proposition 112 is about banning business.

If you want to get involved in this battle, there is plenty you can do, including:

  • SPEAK OUT – Tell your story of how oil and gas impacts your life and show your pride to work in this industry. Write a letter to the editor. Speak at a city council or statehouse meeting. Tell a friend.
  • VOLUNTEER – Industry employees can join COGA every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. from now until the election to volunteer a few hours of their time to write postcards, make phone calls, and send texts. Our goal is to reach as many Colorado voters as possible with a personal message from someone who supports responsible oil and natural gas development. No RSVP required, just show up at 1800 Glenarm, Suite 1100. Food and drinks will be provided!
  • KNOW – Find out where your candidates stand on energy issues at www.coga.org/vote
  • PRIDE – Are you #oilandgasproud? We are too! Display your pride on social media.
  • VOTE

Your vote is your voice. Let the opposition hear you loud and clear, we live here too, we are Colorado!

Dan