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Aug 4, 2014 12:36 PM

Signature deadline for Colorado fracking limits

DENVER (AP) - Critics of fracking in Colorado are turning in signatures for two ballot questions that would restrict oil and gas drilling.

Monday is the deadline to turn in signatures to put the questions on the November ballot. One would increase the minimum property setback on rigs from 500 feet to 2,000 feet. The other would create a state environmental Bill of Rights.

Organizers of the initiatives need 86,105 valid signatures to get the proposals on the ballot. The Colorado Secretary of State's Office will need to verify the signatures after they're turned in.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and the energy industry oppose the initiatives. They argue the proposals will have negative impacts on the state economy.

Supporters of the initiatives argue they're aimed at protecting the environment and the health of residents.

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