Our history includes the following:
The European settlers’ business expansion westward almost annihilated the Native Americans and the buffalo. They totally disregarded all human decency to gratify their desire for profit.
The big agriculture business showed no regard for the environment as it attempted to overproduce crops in this area and created the dust bowl, losing precious topsoil to the winds, and almost destroying our agricultural land.
Both of these historical events resulted in widespread human suffering here in Colorado.
Now we have the big energy business preparing to harvest another huge profit, with no regard for the well being of our citizens.
We are not realizing any net benefit from the drilling activity but we are exposed to all of the risks.
We are not ignorant. We are not apathetic. We have courage and determination. We are voters. We are a majority.
We are American citizens defending our own territory.
We will not allow anyone to pollute our environment and waste our water resources no matter how formidable their economic resources and political influence are.
If the big fuel business wants to drill here, it will have to use a method that does not involve hydraulic fracturing.
What is the alternative method to extract this fuel?
Until that question is answered and analyzed, we cannot issue a drilling permit.
There is no need to rush; take all of the time you need to formulate an answer.