Oil & Gas “clowns” — hubris not humorous

It was a three-ring circus at the Longmont Planning and Zoning meeting on Wednesday, February 15. Industry clowns, COGCC Attorney, Jake Matter and COGA’s Schuller were juggling their corporate supremacy balls as they told us: 1) we are preempted as a City to do anything to regulate gas drilling — plus we “must” accept the COGCC rules; 2) we have “misperceptions” about how the oil and gas industry operates, and, by the way, “we need to be corrected.” Billion-dollar corporation, Anadarko, sent an emissary from Texas to assure us that they have our best interests in mind. However, this person was paid to fly out and feed propaganda to our Planning and Zoning Commission. Top Operating defended cleaning up the leaking Rider Well next to Trail Ridge Middle School. The Times-Call reported that Well had benzene levels 100 times the State level. With benzene levels that high, it doesn’t appear to be cleaned up.

COGCC says we can’t ban open pits. Do you understand the implications of living next to an open pit? It is described in Theo Colborn’s video, “What you need to know about Natural Gas Drilling.” The industry blows wastewater infused with toxic chemicals into the air to be evaporated — but you better watch out if you are downwind! Children are especially vulnerable when exposed to these toxins.

The P & Z decision to accept flawed regulations that won’t protect the health and well being of the citizens while voting to recommend a moratorium extension seems contradictory. What I heard at this meeting was a repeat performance of arrogant industry insiders who wish to put us under their big thumbs.

Our rights as citizens are being trampled by corporate supremacists and by our corporate municipality. We should be exploring ways to ban fracking and stop this three-ring circus once and for all.

  3 comments for “Oil & Gas “clowns” — hubris not humorous

  1. Jonathan
    February 23, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I find it amusing how freerange longmont advertises themselves as ‘progressively better news’, yet after reading this, and their other natural gas articles, I walk away feeling as if I’ve been touched by the fear bug, none of which is supported by peer reviewed science. Speculation and fear mongering of an industry that probably employs their next door neighbors.

  2. TF
    February 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Jonathan –

    It isn’t just about jobs – it’s about quality of life and the poisoning of you, your family, your friends and neighbors. I don’t think you get it. But you will once you are affected.

    And our rights are being trampled as well.

    February 24, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Let’s see some “peer reviewed” data on how many, exactly, are employed by this industry. Workers in this sector fall under the “mining” classification, which typically numbers a minuscule portion of total employment. If memmory serves me right there, about one in fifty persons in the nation would fall into that classification, and that includes refinery workers, truck drivers, accountants, lawyers (big-time), land agents, surveyors, and roughnecks. And the drillers don’t stick around; they move to the next pad. Next door? Prove it.

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