On Election Day, voters in towns around the country went to the polls to vote on important energy issues. In some of these areas, voters understood that chasing energy jobs out of their town isn’t a good way to grow their economy. Unfortunately, anti-energy activists prevailed in other areas.
Here’s a rundown of what happened:
Maine – In South Portland, a group placed an ordinance on the ballot that would have effectively shut down the working waterfront to fuel and oil businesses, costing Maine 5,600 jobs and millions in revenue. The voters in that city rejected this job-killing proposal.
Ohio – Three Ohio cities had local bans on hydraulic fracturing on the ballot. In two of those cities, voters stood up for jobs and economic development and rejected the bans. Voters in one town, Bowling Green, believed the misinformation about fracking and approved a ban.
Colorado – Energy production fared poorly in Colorado. Even though oil and natural gas drilling supports 111,000 Colorado jobs, voters in four of the state’s cities approved local hydraulic fracturing bans. With a potential statewide ban on the ballot next year, it is more important than ever for Energy Citizens in Colorado to make their voices hears.
These results illustrate the importance of Energy Citizens getting active in their communities. Wherever we can spread the truth about energy development and the safety of hydraulic fracturing, we can win these votes. The facts are on our side but we can’t allow anti-energy activists to spread falsehoods about oil and natural gas production or they will score victories.
2013 was just the beginning; there will be more efforts in 2014 to put these local anti-energy initiatives on the ballot. It’s time for Energy Citizens to get to work!