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Proposition 112 Does Not Pass in Colorado

Colorado voted “No” on Proposition 112 which would have required 2,500-foot setbacks between any new oil and gas developments and any “occupied structure” or “vulnerable area.” The count with 83% of precincts reporting is at 56.8% against and 43.2% for. Since the initiative did not pass, the existing setbacks will remain 500 feet from occupied buildings and 1,000 feet from high-occupancy buildings.

While the setback provision did not pass this midterm, the next vote will be in only two years, and another similar ballot initiative may be likely. The oil and gas and related industries need continued investment in public education on the positive impacts of the energy industry.

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Brent Chicken, Steptoe Johnson Law Firm, Denver, Environmental Law Attorney
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Brent is an experienced natural resources attorney with extensive knowledge of the challenges faced by exploration and production, midstream and downstream operating in the energy industry. He regularly represents his clients in complex commercial litigation disputes, business transactions, administrative/regulatory law and procedure, and title examination matters. In his litigation practice, Brent frequently defends his clients’ interests in the courtroom, in arbitration and in mediation related to various mineral matters, including constitutional, contract and real...

Amanda Dick, Steptoe Johnson Law Firm, Denver, Energy Law Attorney

Amanda Dick focuses her practice in the area of energy transactional law.

While in law school, Amanda worked as a teaching assistant for the Legal Process, Analysis, and Writing Department at the University of Arizona. In addition, she worked as a student attorney in the Civil Rights and Restoration Clinic representing multiple clients in court. She also worked as the Senior Managing Editor for the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law.