In a recent Guest Opinion, I wrote about Western Tradition Partnership. WTP funded a Longmont political committee that waged an ugly political campaign to elect Mayor Bryan Baum and council members Gabe Santos, Katie Witt and Alex Sammoury.
Western Tradition Partnership is primarily funded by the oil, gas and coal industries. WTP is now known as American Tradition Partnership.
Last week ATP polled a substantial number of Longmont voters. It was an extensive poll. The poll clearly promoted Baum for mayor and at-large candidate Heath Carroll.
American Tradition Partnership is rabidly anti-environmental. Halfway through the poll, a second agenda became evident. Their questions about renewable energy were designed to push respondents to respond negatively to green energy.
But the question that should alarm all of Longmonters was this, and I paraphrase, “Would you be OK with gas and oil drilling on Longmont’s open space?”
American Tradition Partnership is calling in its chits. It spent money to elect the above-mentioned candidates and now its secret contributors want something in return.
Over the next four weeks Cougar Land Services, already operating in Weld County, will seek permission to perform seismic surveys on our open space. Make no mistake, this is a precursor to drilling with the belief that it will pass the next council.
Our open space belongs to the people of Longmont and must not be disturbed, defiled and degraded.
If you want to end this threat to Longmont’s open space, you have no alternative but to vote against Bryan Baum and those on his preferred slate. Protect our environmental, recreational, agricultural and water assets from drilling and likely some hydraulic fracking. Vote in Dennis Coombs as Mayor and return incumbents Sarah Levison, Brian Hansen and Sean McCoy to council.
This land is our land.