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Coloradoans Defeat Eminent Domain Bill; Colorado’s Version of the Keystone XL Pipeline
Statement From Food & Water Watch Western Region Director Sam Schabacker
WASHINGTON - April 3 - “Today, Coloradoans can breathe a sigh of relief as an outrageous bill to condemn private property in order to build pipelines for fracked oil and gas was killed by its House sponsor. The death of Senate Bill 14-093 yesterday was an 11th Hour victory. The bill passed the full senate, the house judiciary committee and was on the cusp of being approved by the full house. But thanks to the flood of calls and emails Representative Jenise May received in opposition to the bill, she pulled it.
“Colorado has averted a public health, property rights and environmental crisis, as this bill would have given oil and gas companies the power of eminent domain to condemn private property in order to build pipelines. Thanks to the hundreds of calls and thousands of emails made by Coloradans to their elected officials to oppose this terrible bill, we’ve once again foiled the oil and gas industry’s plans to steamroll our rights in the name of profits. The oil and gas industry may have more money than us, and our governor in its pocket, but we have the rights and voices of tens of thousands of Coloradoans on our side who will continue to stand up for justice and to protect their communities.”