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Letter to the editor: Think of heating costs with Prop 112 vote

Posted 10/3/18

When it comes to considering Prop 112, which would increase setbacks for new oil and gas drilling operations from 500 feet to 2,500 feet, one of the things I keep coming back to is our home …

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Letter to the editor: Think of heating costs with Prop 112 vote

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When it comes to considering Prop 112, which would increase setbacks for new oil and gas drilling operations from 500 feet to 2,500 feet, one of the things I keep coming back to is our home heating costs. Colorado produces a lot of natural gas, and natural gas is cheap. On average, our home heating costs are about 23 percent lower than the rest of the country, which translates to $1,200 annual savings in disposable income. The reason is that we produce it here ourselves.
If Proposition 112 passes, 85 percent of the state becomes off-limits to new development, which will force Colorado to import natural gas from other places. Imports mean higher prices. I’m fortunate enough to be able to absorb the increased costs, but think of those struggling to make ends meet. Increasing the cost of natural gas on them places an unnecessary added hardship.
One other thing to consider is that Colorado passed the “Clean Air Clean Jobs Act” in 2013, which is now getting fully implemented, helping our air quality by retiring old coal-fired power plants with cleaner-burning natural gas ones. We are now even more dependent upon natural gas for our power needs than ever before.
Natural gas is good for Colorado – for our economy, for our workforce, and for our air quality. Let’s not take a step back with this misguided setback initiative. Please join me in voting no on Proposition 112.

James Cole,
Arvada

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