A new poll from Quinnipiac University puts Rep. Cory Gardner (R) at 44% against 42% for Sen. Mark Udall (D). The survey showed Udall's job approval rating at an all-time low, 42% approval to 46% disapproval. Gardner's favorability was found 34% favorable to 31% unfavorable. (release)
ENERGY: Udall is voicing his opposition to "two ballot initiatives that would restrict oil and gas drilling after a legislative compromise aimed at averting the fight over the measures fell apart."
"Moments after" Gov. John Hickenlooper's (D) "official statement on the compromise falling apart, Udall issued a statement that he opposes the ballot initiatives, which are being pushed by Democratic Boulder Congressman Jared Polis, who has already spent millions in support of the initiatives that would quadruple the distance wells must be set back from homes and schools and create an environmental bill of rights for local communities."
"Fracking can be done safely and responsibly, and new technology has allowed us access to large sources of clean burning natural gas. But for many Coloradans who are seeing drilling rigs pop up near their homes, schools and parks, fracking is more than an abstract process "” it's an industrial activity that is increasingly being conducted in urban and suburban areas." (KDVR)