The following address was presented to the Longmont City Council on July 10, 2012, in response to a “last-minute” attempt to dismantle oil and gas regulations that are already meager.
I speak tonight as Kaye Fissinger. My words are solely my own and do not represent any other person or organization.
Some weeks back a gentleman approached this council at Public Invited to be Heard and minced no words in describing this Longmont City Council as the most unresponsive to its citizens as any he had ever witnessed. He couldn’t have been more accurate and more honest.
And once again the people of Longmont who have made it clear to you that fracking in Longmont is a threat to their health, safety and welfare are being jerked around by most of you as you manipulate the process to allow for drill-baby-drill by an industry who couldn’t give a rat’s ass about anything but their own profits. Not only have they no interest in the well being of people, they have no interest in the well being of this nation. They are multinationals. And their God is MONEY. Anywhere. Anyway. Anyhow. Anytime.
After nine months, city staff must be beside itself. This council majority never wanted to go down the oil and gas regulation road in the first place and did so only to appease and manipulate.
Council Member Finley has her britches in a twist about the Preamble. Her alleged dispute with its contents is as phony as a $3.00 bill. She won’t vote for the regulations under any circumstance. Frankly, she should recuse herself. She works for the Colorado chamber of commerce and an Encana vice president sits on its board of directors. You’ll never convince me or a huge number of Longmont citizens that she is carrying water for anyone but the oil and gas industry.
Council Member Witt is a Romney Colorado operative. She’ll take no position contrary to her candidate’s position. So she’ll vote “NO,” no question, and will give a poor imitation of Council Member Santos’ tactics of trying to have it both ways. He speaks about the industry and COGCC needing to put up or shut up, but he covers his eyes for the wink-wink so only the industry sees it.
What can I say about Council Member Bagley. He wants TOP Operating to be able to drill. And NOW he’s using his lawyerly skills to override the months of work by staff attorneys. To what purpose? Who benefits?
To the citizens of Longmont who listen and view these council proceedings there’s an 800 pound gorilla in this room sitting next to an elephant of partisan noteworthiness. The oil and gas wizard behind the curtain is on full display.