Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway is leading an effort to have several counties of Northern Colorado secede to form their own independent state. Possible other counties to secede with Weld include Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma and Kit Carson counties.
The idea seems to come down to rural Colorado feeling they are not receiving adequate representation in the state due to their smaller population. Northern Colorado produces a disproportionately high amount of the state's revenue due to the vast oil and natural gas reserves throughout the region. Residents are dissatisfied that an insignificant amount of that revenue comes back to their region to support infrastructure and schools.
Additionally, the passing of controversial S.B. 252 which requires rural utilities to get 25 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020 and places burdens on oil and gas companies seems to be an influential factor in Conway's stance.
This issue could show up on the ballet as early as November.
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