Pro-drilling election group will refund millions

DENVER - Coloradans for Responsible Reform — the organization set up to fight Congressman Jared Polis' oil-and-gas regulatory ballot measures — will begin the process of refunding millions of dollars of contributions now that Polis, Gov. John Hickenlooper and supporters of two industry-backed initiatives have agreed to a deal to remove four proposed constitutional amendments from consideration on November's statewide ballot.

CFRR spokesman Dan Hopkins confirmed the start of the refund process on Wednesday, two days after Hickenlooper and Polis announced the agreement.

Under the terms of the deal, Coloradans for Clean and Safe Energy agreed to withdraw Initiatives 88 and 89, just hours after turning in more than 120,000 signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State's office on each of the ballot measures. Initiative 88 would have quadrupled the setback between drilling wells and homes, from 500 to 2,000 feet, and Initiative 89 would have asserted Coloradans' right to clear air, water and scenic values.

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