Teresa Foster

Oil and Gas: Industry Gone Wild!

Oil drilling is glamorous

Oil drilling is glamorous

You really have to wonder why EnergyfromShale.org recently placed two slick advertisements in the Daily Camera, showing idyllic scenes of a man fishing, with a strategically placed fracked well in the background. Can fishing, requiring fresh, flowing water, exist side by side with toxic, fracked oil wells? This is in North Dakota, home of the biggest domestic oil patch, where tens of thousands of wells are flaring natural gas, visible from outer space.

Flaring natural gas raises atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, contributing to global warming. Can our planet afford to get any warmer? It seems apparent that warming has contributed to severe drought in North Dakota and the rest of the high plains, leaving everyone very thirsty, while the oil and gas industry continues to destroy precious water by fracking. What about the people, the livestock and the farmland of North Dakota, all suffering the ill effects of an industry gone wild?

The Shilke family, highlighted in The Nation, had 32 fracked oil wells within three miles of their home. The result: a water well contaminated with a brew of toxic chemicals and health issues for Jacki Shilke and her husband, including chronic lung pain, unexplained rashes, loss of fillings in their teeth, body pain. Doctors diagnosed Jacki with neurotoxic damage and constricted airways. Five of her prized Angus cows dropped dead and now they can no longer sell their cattle.

Is this a vision of Nirvana? This story plays out over and over again throughout the oil patch in North Dakota — from cities overrun with man camps and crime, to millions of truck trips disintegrating their roads and billions of gallons of water being destroyed. Is this a wonderful legacy? Or is it destroying our life support system?

Fracking for oil and gas threatens health

A recent opinion piece in the Boulder Camera brought to light the struggle that two Colorado cities are facing in regulating oil and gas exploration, drilling and extraction in their cities. It was stated that Erie’s approach was more reasonable and sensible than Longmont’s. Erie is working with the oil and gas industry whereas Longmont is being sued by the state because its regulations are too strict.

My question is, who is to judge if Longmont or Erie’s approach is more reasonable or sensible? And which will protect its residents from harm?

If Erie’s leaders have chosen the most reasonable path, why are some people selling their homes to move away from the onslaught of the oil and gas industry in that town? Some of Erie’s residents say their health is being affected by noxious and toxic volatile organic compounds emanating from the oil and gas wells throughout the town, causing such problems as gastrointestinal distress, headaches, nosebleeds and asthma. One woman I know has been diagnosed with lesions on her spine that appeared after a gas well had been fracked near her home. Is this an exaggerated claim?

Is it reasonable or sensible to expose children, teachers and staff to toxic VOCs venting from a fracked well down the street from Fall River Elementary School? Is there a special air filtration system on the school that will keep them safe? Is the oil and gas company drilling in that area going to monitor the air quality or conduct health assessments? An independent study conducted by NOAA in Erie has measured higher levels of VOCs (notably ethane and propane) in the air than in urban Pasadena and Houston, although an “expert” hired by the city of Erie discounted these findings. A Colorado School of Public Health study has shown that people who live within one-half mile of these wells are likely to experience chronic and acute illness including a higher risk of cancer (Search for Health Impact Assessment for Battlement Mesa, Garfield County on the Internet).

These health effects are a serious issue. Dr. Theo Colborn of the Endocrine Disruption Exchange has produced a video titled “What you need to know about natural gas production” that can be found on her organization’s website (endocrinedisruption.com). Dr. Colborn stresses that the entire process of unconventional oil and gas exploration, drilling and extraction has a detrimental effect on humans, wildlife and vegetation. Is this risk to all life forms reasonable or sensible?

I believe the recent regulations passed by Longmont City Council will not protect residents because it contains loopholes that could allow oil and gas companies to drill in the city. This is why I joined many others to gather 8,200 signatures so that Longmont residents could choose to vote to ban fracking in Longmont city limits. Does this make us fanatics and mischief-makers or environmental extremists to want to protect our air, water and soil and maintain a clean environment? We are ordinary residents — families, grandparents and business owners — who want the choice to decide whether or not we want heavy industrial drilling in our city.

The oil and gas industry is wrought with deception and lies. They are exempt from the Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Drinking Water, Superfund acts and more. What have they got to hide? If their methods of exploration, drilling and extraction are so benign, why not allow themselves to be regulated by the laws that govern all other heavy industries in the U.S.? Yet they stand behind their coveted “Halliburton Loophole,” an exemption that was passed to avoid transparency so that the industry could “drill, baby, drill” at our expense.

I will vote yes on Ballot Issue 300 in November to ban fracking in Longmont because neither the oil and gas industry nor the governor has my health, safety and welfare in mind. I ask you to support us to keep our city a great place to live — a place where we can breathe the air without getting sick and not worry if our water supply will become contaminated — and to protect our health, our future, our Longmont.

Drillers and frackers want farmers’ water

Dust bowl farm

You can't eat sand

As I read this article in the Longmont Times-Call the other day, I shook my head with disbelief. On the very same page was an article titled “Driest March in City History ends with heat” and then looked at the snow percentages (of normal) in the weather section:

Copper Mountain 57 percent; Independence Pass 46 percent; Vail Mountain 12 percent; Lake Eldora 32 percent; Loveland Basin 69 percent; Niwot 62 percent; Wolf Creek Summit 69 percent; Rabbit Ears 39 percent; Hoosier Pass 64 percent.

Something isn’t adding up. If oil and gas companies are buying up the water that our farmers need to grow our food, then what will we eat? Can we depend on other states to provide our food when they’ve suffered from the same dry spell we have? This is a clear example of market demand gone haywire. Our water (the water that belongs to the people of Colorado) is being sold to the highest bidder (oil and gas companies) so that they can make record profits at our expense, while in the meantime, we will get very thirsty and hungry and have our air, water and soil poisoned. Can you squeeze blood from a turnip? Where is this water going to come from? There isn’t enough water. Since when do we put the needs of corporate powers over the needs of the people? It was recently reported that natural gas is going to be shipped to the highest bidders in Asia. An LNG terminal on the West coast has been reconstructed so it can now export liquid natural gas.

What I’m seeing here is voodoo math. Our water is being stolen from us so that oil and gas companies can ship their products overseas while we are left hungry, thirsty, and then footing the bill for oil and gas company profits.

It’s time to conduct a thorough investigation on the economics of screwing the people of Colorado. There is no time to waste.

Open letter to Governor Hickenlooper

Governor Hickenlooper,

You don't look good in kneepads John.

I voted for you and donated funds toward your campaign. You’ve shown leadership in many areas. However, when the recent advertisement underwritten by COGA came out with your photo and “boilerplate” industry propaganda on it, I was infuriated.

The toughest Disclosure Rule in the nation does nothing to protect your citizens. It trivializes the incredible harm that the industry has wrought on your constituents. Furthermore, this isn’t just about jobs. It’s about the health, safety and wellbeing of people. You can’t put a price tag on people’s health! What is most important? You are a parent. How would you feel if they drilled a well in your backyard with a 350 foot setback? Would you be concerned for your child’s health? What about the VOCs and methane leaking from the condensate tanks or being burned off in the stack? What about the leaking produced water that has occurred more times than has ever been reported to the COGCC?

I’d like to suggest that you take a look at the work by Dr. Theo Colborne of the Endocrine Disruption Exchange . She is a respected scientist and has hard facts that would appeal to you. Her video, “What you need to know about Natural Gas Production,”  is based on scientific evidence that addresses the incredible harm to people, to wildlife and on vegetation as well as how our water is poisoned. If all our water is destroyed, it can never be used again (as in “removed from the hydrologic cycle”). My question is, what do we drink when all our water is destroyed? We’re going to get very thirsty if you allow this to continue. Frankly, your support of the oil and gas industry is blasphemous.

I’m also objecting to your wanting the State of Colorado to have supreme control over communities and counties. This is taking away our inalienable rights guaranteed in the State Constitution – especially for Home Rule cities and counties.

I’m very disappointed in the stance you’ve taken and feel betrayed by you. You are not representing my interests – you are representing those that want to rape, pillage and plunder our state.

I would ask for a personal reply but I’m sure it would probably be written by your staff members and then be the usual noncommittal drivel that I receive from other public servants.

Teresa Foster

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.

Spring Valley Estates: Abandoned well pits

I wonder how the residents in Spring Valley Estates (in northeast Longmont) feel about having three historic gas wells and three abandoned waste pits located beneath their homes? It is likely that these historic wells and pits could rupture, fail and/or blowout if fracking were to occur within a few miles (planned for the Union Reservoir area), releasing poisonous gases such as methane, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes in and around people’s homes. This very same situation occurred in Florence, CO, in late 2010. Explosive levels of methane were found surrounding dwellings in that vicinity.

This is a serious issue that could bring great harm to our residents. We need to ask our public servants (Mayor and Council) to honor the oath they took as elected officials to protect the health, safety and well being of Longmont residents. Tell them that extending the moratorium on oil and gas drilling is in the best interest of the City and its citizens. For more information and to see maps of where the gas wells and pits are located, please visit LongmontROAR.

Public invited to be silent

Mayor and Council members:

Baum's loss has taught them nothing.

Longmont city council member Katie Witt

When I was interrupted tonight by Council Member Witt (who said I had disrespected and verbally attacked Council Member Santos), I did not get my full three minutes. I should have been compensated for that time so I could finish my speech. What I shared tonight was not an attack, but a fact — and as a citizen of Longmont, I’m allowed to question the behavior of my public servants. Being shut down like this sets a dangerous precedent. I hope that council will not continue to muzzle its constituents from speaking the facts. The fact is, Mr. Santos gave me back the TEDX DVD that I had given him. Not wanting to learn about the dangers of fracking chemicals makes me feel concerned whether or not he can make good decisions on my behalf and on behalf of all Longmont residents for whom he represents. Furthermore, I am also concerned that Council member Finley brought forth a motion to keep the initial PITBH to 30 minutes at the beginning of the meeting. This is further evidence that the priorities of certain Council members are skewed. Council members are public servants and are elected to serve the public as well as conducting City business.

Thank you,

Teresa Foster

I am submitting my speech here for the public record.

Dear Mayor and Council Members,

It has been 3 weeks since I had given you a copy of the DVD titled “What You Need to Know About Natural Gas Production”, narrated by scientist and environmental analyst, Dr. Theo Colborn.” Have you had a chance to watch it? Would you be concerned about the fact one member of the Council refused his copy of the DVD and handed it back to me after the December 20, 2011, Council meeting? How can he make informed decisions without first considering all sides of an issue? Does he have the health, well being, and safety of his constituents in mind? My guess is his constituents would want him to be extremely well versed on this topic.

I’d like to ask Council more questions:

  1. Considering the toxicity of the chemicals and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that result from drilling for natural gas (which includes drilling, fracking, processing, waste handling, and ongoing gas collection), how comfortable are you having these chemicals and VOCs released into your neighborhood? Would you consider the COGCC mandate of 350 feet to be a safe setback distance? If you allow natural gas drilling in Longmont, would you be willing to move next to a drilling site to show the citizens it is safe? Would you allow your children or grandchildren to go to school next to a drilling site?
  2. Had you ever heard about the health effects that occur from exposure to fracking chemicals and volatile organic compounds produced from natural gas drilling before watching the video? COGA and COGCC claim this technology is safe, but let me assure you it isn’t. Here are some of the effects from exposure: Burning skin, nausea, headaches, sensitization, fatigue, dizziness, tingling in the extremities that can lead to permanent nerve damage, gastrointestinal problems, endocrine disorders, cancer, death. Dr. Colburn states that 43% of the ‘known’ chemicals disrupt the endocrine system (and, by the way, we aren’t privy to this information until April 2012 here in CO). Exposure during pregnancy can interfere with the development of the fetus, causing irreversible lifetime changes in their health and how they function later in life. Further, Dr. Colburn mentions that health issues may not show up until months and/or years after exposure that can never directly be traced to industrial exposure. So that means once the drillers are gone, and months later you get really sick, then you’re out of luck? Who pays the price for the industry’s folly? Why, the citizens of Longmont.
  3. Based on what you now know after viewing the DVD, are you willing to go to any lengths to protect the residents of Longmont according to the oath you signed when you came into office? That would mean you pass regulations that are far stricter than the COGCC rules.

Bringing this kind of industrial activity into the city is far too risky. I ask you to support an actual ban under our Home Rule provision, where our rights as citizens supersede those of the State of Colorado.

Disgust at Council members behavior

Councilman Gabe Santos

During the December 20, 2011 City Council meeting, I presented the Mayor and Council members with an informational DVD titled, “What You Need to Know About Natural Gas Production,” produced by Dr. Theo Colborn of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange. With Fracking being such a hot issue facing the City, this movie contains pertinent information that will help Council members understand the consequences of exposure to chemicals resulting from natural gas drilling.

However, I was shocked when Councilman Santos handed the DVD back to me at the end of the meeting. His unwillingness to understand all sides of an important issue is a very bad sign. When I complained to him about his refusal, he accused me of threatening him.

Well, let’s take a look at this from the other side.

By forcing me to take back the DVD, Santos bullied me. Bullying is defined as: “Using superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants. This behavior is not indicative of a public servant I want to serve my community. It is a disgrace to the City for a Mayor Pro Tem to use these tactics.

I also want to address the disrespect showed to our independent experts who were there at the request of Longmont citizens. They brought forth crucial information about the dangers of fracking and its waste of our precious water. But not one Councilmember could muster a single question for them – and then Phil Doe and Wes Wilson were ridiculed for not showing proper decorum. COGA representative Schuller’s comment about purported ‘misinformation’ in Wes and Phil’s presentations comes from the arrogant stance of an Industry Insider.

Coombs/Levison support drilling moratorium

I want to applaud Mayor Dennis Coombs for suggesting a 6-month moratorium on Hydraulic Fracking before the City Council. However, it is truly sad that only Sarah Levison voted along with the Mayor. Are these five dissenting Councilmembers not concerned about the health, safety and wellbeing of the citizens of Longmont?

At the Nov. 15 Longmont City Council meeting, a Firestone resident shared about 24/7 drilling operations behind her home – with lights, noise, and strong petroleum and rotten egg odors that occurred during and after the drilling of the well. She stated that her house vibrated all night long and there were 50 water trailers parked behind her home. The traffic from semi-trucks delivering water for fracking the well occurred all hours of the day/night. Would you call this a friendly industry?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) escaping during and after drilling operations have been implicated as being carcinogenic, endocrine disrupters and nerve agents. Dr. Theo Colborn of the Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), addresses the dangers from natural gas drilling in this video.

In Wyoming, the EPA has found a link between fracking operations and groundwater contamination.

I encourage you to watch the movies “Gasland” or “Split Estate.” These are both available at the Longmont library. What you’ll find is that fracking is not a benign method of drilling as the industry touts.

Is Longmont going to become a ‘Drilling’ sacrifice zone? I urge you to contact the council members that objected to a moratorium – Santos, Sammoury, Witt, Bagley and Finley – and tell them that it is not in our best interest to allow fracking in and around the City of Longmont.

My Water’s On Fire Tonight

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Address to Longmont City Council Re: Fracking

I’m here to express my opposition to hydraulic fracturing anywhere on Longmont City owned property and on Open Space.

This method of drilling is very risky business:

It is common knowledge that fracking uses massive amounts of water (100,000 gallons per frack and each well can be fracked up to 30 times). Where is this water going to come from when we are already on the edge with our water supplies?

It has been documented by the Environmental Protection Agency that fracking fluids have contaminated groundwater supplies in the town of Pavilion, Wyoming. In two monitoring wells, the EPA has found cancer causing agents and chemicals consistent with drilling operations. This information can be found on the EPA web site. In case you weren’t aware, fracking fluid is a proprietary concoction full of toxic chemicals such biocides, breaking agents as well as solvents. But why aren’t we being told what’s in there? It’s a trade secret!

What about the health effects on those living nearby the drilling operations? Cassie Kearny, who lives in neighboring Firestone, said they are surrounded by drilling platforms and condensate tanks. Since the drilling of these wells, people in her neighborhood are succumbing to all sorts of illnesses — from cancer and thyroid problems, to a child whose teeth are falling out. Why are we being used as human guinea pigs?

I’m curious why mostly oil and gas representatives are presenting tonight. What about hearing from the other side? Isn’t it normal that when making important decisions, we look at both sides of the issue? Please, invite experts who are willing to share about the detrimental effects of this kind of drilling. Furthermore, let’s invite those who have been injured by fracking. Let’s hear from those people who can light the water coming out of their faucets and whose well water has been contaminated. And what about those people who have become seriously ill from exposure to fumes and fracking fluids and God knows what else?

I want to point out something that I found in the packet that is being presented to our City Council for tomorrow night’s meeting. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Committee has provided answers to questions that the public may have.

Answer: “The law is intended to keep the general public safe when drilling and development occurs and is not directed at protecting individual property values or a preferred quality of life.”

Does this mean that the drillers are not responsible when they destroy your water resources and the drop in your property values?

The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of their property values, as well as the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment.

I ask the Parks and Recreation Advisory board to either recommend that a moratorium be placed on drilling so we can become thoroughly educated about all aspects of drilling, or completely deny the request to allow drilling and seismic studies. Please, Frack No.

Say no to fracking

Short-term profit, long-term damage

Fracking is a seemingly innocuous nickname for an insidious drilling method called “hydraulic fracturing,” where massive amounts of water and fracking fluid (made of a secret mix of caustic toxic chemicals and breaking agents) are pumped under pressure into horizontally drilled wells to release natural gas and oil that are trapped in rock beneath us.

Why should you be concerned?

Because this type of drilling is already occurring in Boulder County and more is coming in a big way (it is rampant next door in Weld County). Fracking will monopolize our water supply (our most valuable resource in Colorado), contaminate ground water (if you use well water, be prepared), release methane gas into the atmosphere (a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide), and much more. (Folks, this is just the tip of the iceberg). People who live nearby drilling sites are getting sick, not to mention the effects on livestock and vegetation.

Just last month, toxic fracking fluid contaminated groundwater on Boulder County agricultural land near Valmont and 95th Street. However, Noble Gas wanted this spill to be kept “hush hush,” claiming business confidentiality protection. Lies and deception do not make for good business practices.

Encana Natural Gas drilling touts on their website that they provide “a clean, affordable, abundant resource for future generations.” If we’re thirsty, sick and/or dying from fracking, will there be a future for us?

You should be very concerned about this threat to our health and well-being. Please say NO to fracking.

Fracking in Longmont Open Space?

Dear Mayor Baum and City Council,

Oil and Money -do mix

I found out several days ago that plans are being prepared by city staff and others to allow for horizontal drilling for natural gas and oil on Longmont city-owned properties, including on Longmont Open Space. Then I find in the City Council Study Session packet for October 18, 2011, that the City is having a conversation with Weld County about how they deal with their gas and oil well drilling agreements. What’s up?

First, before any kind of drilling is approved, I urge our Mayor and City Council members to educate themselves about the dangers of fracking by watching the movie, “Gasland” to get a better understanding of hydraulic fracturing, also know as FRACKING.

Caustic fluids (things such as biocides and breaking agents – very toxic chemical concoctions that are trade secrets) are injected under pressure deep into the strata in order to release natural gas and/or oil that might not be obtainable through regular drilling methods. One of the problems, however, is the forcing of natural gas into places where it doesn’t belong, like in people’s water wells. Just to the east of Longmont, people are able to light the water coming out of their faucets because it is full of methane.

At a recent meeting that discussed the dangers of fracking, a woman from Firestone, where drilling platforms and condensate tanks surround the neighborhood and local schools, told us that people are getting sick. Cancer rates in her neighborhood have risen dramatically and other serious health issues have appeared. Of course, that is in Weld County, where they’ve dug hundreds if not thousands of these kinds of wells. However, Weld County Commissioners appear not to be concerned with the health and wellbeing of their population.

When I heard that Longmont is considering allowing drilling on our Open Space land that is owned by the people of Longmont and close to homes, I was flabbergasted.

Drilling for oil THIS CLOSE to Union Reservoir?! Insane!

By the way, did you know that Fracking requires the use of millions of gallons of water? An initial “Frack” requires one to four million gallons of water. That amount is enough domestic water for 30 to 100 homes for a year. However, since each well requires up to 32 frackings – well, you do the math. In our state, it’s common knowledge that water supplies are already inadequate.

Of course, there is the issue of cleaning up of the injected water. The extracted water sits in ponds to evaporate. What type of chemical soup is in the water? Deadly toxins!

And what about emissions? Fracking is producing seriously harmful air quality problems. In Wyoming, for example, there is a rural town that has the highest ozone levels in the country. Ozone gives lungs a sunburn – did you know that?

Sure, it makes sense to find out how Weld County manages their oil and gas wells. However, given the problems that Weld County is experiencing, you should be running in the opposite direction as fast as you can. It’s a nightmare waiting to happen. But wait, is it all about the money?

Please, don’t allow FRACKING anywhere near our city.

Agribusiness control of food supply is frightening

Frankenstein turned on his creator, too

During the talk by the “experts” Wednesday night at the Boulder County Cropland Policy Advisory Group meeting, I didn’t hear anything about the harm caused to human health — only to plant and soil health.

GMOs are a grand experiment, and they have not been evaluated for their long-term effects. What happens to us when we ingest particles of Roundup or BT, etc.? Food allergies are already rising to epic proportions. ADD is on the rise. Autoimmune disorders are rampant.

What good are “bumper GMO crops” when we all become sick from eating mutant food? Why do the Europeans reject GMOs? Do they know something we don’t know?

However, the more frightening reality is the potential control of our food supply by a greedy monopoly. Not only does Monsanto have a terrible track record of suing people who want to save seed, but also they bully farmers to do it their way. How can we let Monsanto patent Mother Nature? Our plants and seeds are not patentable! Their business practices are deplorable. Do we want them in charge of our dinner plates?

Please, support Boulder County in setting an example for the rest of the country by becoming a showcase for beneficial organic crops. Is it possible to put some of the unemployed to work clearing weeds instead of spraying Roundup and other poisonous and carcinogenic herbicides?

Furthermore, I haven’t heard anything about incorporating permaculture methods to grow crops where plants and beneficial insects support each other.

I urge you to speak out against the use of GMOs on Boulder County open space. A public input session will be held Sept. 1. Additional details can be found http://www.bouldercounty.org/government/pages/cpag.aspx

Pull the plug on skydiving

How much noise is too much?

I’m frustrated that the city of Longmont is allowing Mile-Hi Skydiving to continually push the envelope. This morning at 7:30 am I was awakened by a loud droning. I knew immediately that it was the Twin Otter taking off. Why are they being allowed to start their operations earlier and earlier?

We who live in an area that the city chose to develop next to the airport are suffering greatly from Mile-Hi Skydiving’s noise pollution. What was the city thinking? That we would be immune from the constant drone? No, methinks the city wanted the money. It’s as simple as that — just follow the money. Who wins? Surely we are the losers here (and this also includes those who live in areas east, north and south, and as far away as Gunbarrel!).

The cruel fact is, it’s not just one flight a day — but one every 7-10 minutes all day long from 7:30 am until the sun sets. (Matter of fact, I can hear one swooping in for landing right now at 10:17 a.m. How many flights already on this not-so-peaceful Sunday morning? 10? 20?)

When normal people cause a disturbance in the city, they get arrested! Mile-Hi Skydiving is causing a disturbance every day, all day long, especially on weekends. The City Council needs to do something about their “disturbing” behavior.

This is a quality-of-life issue. What gives them the right to wake up the neighborhood? This isn’t acceptable behavior nor good business. Please, city of Longmont — pull the plug.