Say no to fracking

Short-term profit, long-term damage

Fracking is a seemingly innocuous nickname for an insidious drilling method called “hydraulic fracturing,” where massive amounts of water and fracking fluid (made of a secret mix of caustic toxic chemicals and breaking agents) are pumped under pressure into horizontally drilled wells to release natural gas and oil that are trapped in rock beneath us.

Why should you be concerned?

Because this type of drilling is already occurring in Boulder County and more is coming in a big way (it is rampant next door in Weld County). Fracking will monopolize our water supply (our most valuable resource in Colorado), contaminate ground water (if you use well water, be prepared), release methane gas into the atmosphere (a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide), and much more. (Folks, this is just the tip of the iceberg). People who live nearby drilling sites are getting sick, not to mention the effects on livestock and vegetation.

Just last month, toxic fracking fluid contaminated groundwater on Boulder County agricultural land near Valmont and 95th Street. However, Noble Gas wanted this spill to be kept “hush hush,” claiming business confidentiality protection. Lies and deception do not make for good business practices.

Encana Natural Gas drilling touts on their website that they provide “a clean, affordable, abundant resource for future generations.” If we’re thirsty, sick and/or dying from fracking, will there be a future for us?

You should be very concerned about this threat to our health and well-being. Please say NO to fracking.

  5 comments for “Say no to fracking

  1. Sarah B Larrabee
    November 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    where, how, and to whom do we say no to fracking? Is this something brought to us by the county commissioners?

  2. November 14, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    No, Sarah, this is not a county commissioner issue. TOP Operating has approached the City of Longmont for a conditional use permit to drill on city owned properties. Five drill pads are under consideration: two on the west side of Union Reservoir, one at Sandstone Ranch, one on the “Sherwood property” at County Road 20-1/2 and one known as Evans #8 (somewhat near Sandstone).

    Tuesday’s (November 15th) city council meeting will have a panel of presenters on this issue. The council meeting begins at 7:00 PM at 350 Kimbark.

  3. Silly Putty
    November 19, 2011 at 3:38 am

    It is a county commissioner issue in this way: Elise Jones, who is running for County Commissioner is a proponent of natural gas drilling: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elise-jones/colorado-a-clean-energy-f_b_555071.html

  4. Kim
    November 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    What happened with this issue?
    Unlike other cities, Longmont owns it’s water and outside the Mayor and maybe Katie Witt, the attitude towards protecting its cleanliness is pretty lax. They simply take the great clean water flowing from the rockies for granted. They stick dog parks in retention ponds and otherwise use them as junk. Ironic since they receive a lot of federal and state money to clean up the St. Vrain…and then turn around and pollute it upstream.

  5. Ruby Bowman
    November 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Yes, I agree with Teresa Foster: NO to Fracking. Instead of fracking at Union Reservoir, why doesn’t Longmont bring in a buffalo herd? A buffalo wallow was once where the reservoir currently is located. Bald Eagles that migrate from Canada and the Northern Plains use the reservoir during the winter. The Union Reservoir should be preserved for wildlife: eagles, migratory birds, prairie dogs, etc. The increased traffic, noise and pollution that will result from gas and oil development will ruin Union Reservoir for those of us who treasure its natural beauty.

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