It is sad when the Longmont City Council, charged with deliberating complex issues that have huge and dangerous implications for Longmont, refuses to take proper time to study and deliberate an issue.
Colorado Springs and many other municipalities around the country have put a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas to study the body of information now available about the danger that extraction method poses to the aquifer, air, health, peace and property values of Longmont.
To threaten that just the suggestion of a moratorium would, in the words of Councilman Gabe Santos, “guarantee you that an application will come in tomorrow,” sounds like a form of blackmail.
The City Council should take the time needed to hear as many residents of Longmont as possible and study all the information at hand. Too much is at stake.