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Oil & Gas Industry: Anti-democracy and Anti-American

COGA seeks to deprive Lafayette community of opportunity to vote.

Last week the city of Lafayette received a clear glimpse of the true nature of the oil and gas industry. Within a 24-hour period of time we saw a Halliburton employee, backed by a Colorado Oil and Gas Association law firm file an effort to remove a community’s democratic voice on our future.

Vote plus flagCOGA attempted to strip Lafayette from our right to determine if our community would become a gas field by removing the Lafayette Community Rights Act to Ban Fracking from our November ballot. The Lafayette city clerk and city attorney ruled against the industry and with relevant law and our community. The effort to take the vote away was defeated.

Not skipping a breath, the industry attempted to create fear in the community with the impossible and unfounded claim that voting to ban gas and oil drilling within Lafayette city limits would mean that natural gas would be cut off to people’s homes. This would be similar to saying that if we don’t refine gasoline in Lafayette, we cannot fill up our cars. It should have been clearly reported that the Community Rights Act addresses extraction, and has no provisions at all about natural gas as a product.

If the industry is treating our community is this way before the first drill even hits the ground, imagine how we would be handled once they have established a real foothold in Lafayette.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s full board has 39 members. These 39 individuals are attempting to determine how life for Lafayette’s 25,733 citizens looks for decades to come. This is the world according to the oil and gas industry, which cannot tolerate a democratic voice to be present. And so if fracking cannot coexist with a community voice, clearly one of these has to go.

Preserve Lafayette and our community rights. Vote for the Lafayette Community Rights Act to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing.

Lafayette Community Forum on Hydraulic Fracturing

Forum: The Hidden Risks of Fracking
When: Sunday, March 24th 2:00 – 5:00
Where: Angevine Middle School, 1150 S. Boulder Rd., Lafayette

Please join East Boulder County United on Sunday, March 24th for our forum on hydraulic fracturing. Lafayette sits on the Wattenberg Shale and is in line to see major drilling operations in the period of time to come. We boarder Erie, which now has over 150 wells and is seeing levels of propane in their air several times higher than those of Houston, Texas and ten times that of Pasadena California, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hydraulic fracturing, unchecked, will alter the daily life of our community in every possible sense.

Join us in hearing from the affected neighbors, expert Shane Davis on the full dangers of hydraulic fracturing, and Our Longmont organizers that successfully banned the process from their community in November of 2012.

Contact
Cliff Willmeng, Steering Committee, EBCU; 303-478-6613
Rachael Zatterstrom, Steering Committee, EBCU; 970-409-9820
Cliff Smedley, Steering Committee, EBCU; 303-808-0117

Foote raises $15,000 in 5 weeks

In the five weeks since he Mike Foote announced his candidacy for Colorado House District 12, Foote reports that he’s accepted a record total of $15,589 in contributions and that the donations are the most ever raised in a single quarter by any HD-12 candidate.

Pending approval from the Colorado Supreme Court after the recent state house and state senate boundaries reapportionment, House District 12 is in east Boulder and southwest Weld counties. It includes portions of Longmont, the entire cities of Louisville, Erie, Dacono, Firestone, and Frederick and half of Lafayette.

“It’s exciting to see such an outpouring of support,” said Foote, a Lafayette Democrat. “We’ve worked hard to spread our positive and progressive message over the last month. I’m humbled by the reaction.”

Foote is a deputy district attorney with the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office. He has prosecuted major white-collar and other criminal cases, winning justice for victims of embezzlement fraud, Ponzi schemes, arson and other violent crimes.

“Public service is about solving problems, and voters appreciate someone who will work hard and effectively every single day to address the important issues facing our state,” Foote said in his press release.

Foote also reported $12,410 cash on hand and $2,579 in expenditures for the quarter ending September 30th. More information on Foote can be found at www.mikefoote.org