A brief review of history

Longmont Citizens Getting Involved

Longmont Citizens Getting Involved

Dear Longmont,

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.

  2 comments for “A brief review of history

    February 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    The alternative method is the one they’ve used for more than a century, prior to the 1990s, in large part. It’s called plain drilling, and it usually went to relatively shallow, vertical depths. But some genius showed the operators that fracking lowers the COST of drilling and makes each drill pad more productive. Oh, oh. Someone needs to remind or ask the energy industry that trillions of cubic feet were “flared off” from oil wells for decades because the resource outfit didn’t know what (that is, didn’t have the equipment) to do with it, or else the natural gas price was so piddling low that collecting and transporting same was “uneconomic.” We could sure use that gas now. It’s cold! But now we have thousands of miles of pipelines, “midstream” collection and processing plants, liquefied natural gas on ships, and tanks full of the stuff in Cushing, Oklahoma, big and numerous enough to hold the Red Sea. And so more tanks are being sought. Bigger is always better; no?

  2. Gregory Iwan
    February 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    All this is very interesting. I ponder Longmont’s jealousy of Boulder sometimes. That commensurate with some vitriolic and vituperative rhetoric sent down the Diagonal. Let’s see; was (is) Boulder’s economy more vibrant than Longmont’s because it tends to be a hotbed of liberal thought, or could it have been (be)the other way round? If the latter, then more than few of the local “cognoscenti” should fear an improving economy (maybe in ten years), for then those pinkos are-a comin’! Oh, yes; each of them has two dogs. Watch where you walk.

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