COLORADO

Quinnipiac: Udall, Gardner Neck-and-Neck

Andrea Drusch
July 17, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

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.”

Ud­all’s state­ment: 

“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)

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