Eugene’s ban on natural gas in new homes qualifies for vote

A measure that would ban natural gas and other fossil fuel infrastructure from some new residential construction in Eugene will appear on future ballots.

Eugene residents submitted nearly 12,000 signatures to a referendum petition earlier this month for an energy choice. The Lane County Clerk’s office verified at least 6,460 matching signatures from people registered within Eugene, and the recorder approved the petition.

According to a press release, those who received the ordinance from Eugene officials in February were “dishonored” before a public vote with community support.

Their success means the city would have to put the gas ban on hold pending a public vote or repeal it entirely if voters reject the measure. The measure is likely to appear on the November ballot.

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