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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.

Fouled Forever by Fracking

This is a typical well

Fracking leaves scars, above and below the surface.

I have very strong misgivings about the XL pipeline proposal.  Governor Brownback tells us that it will bring “good times” to Kansas but I have good reasons to doubt it.

When I was a child, some seventy years ago, we moved to a farm about ten miles north of the little town where I now reside.  In an area adjoining our barn lot, there was a small pond of blue water.  The clay for several yards around it was also blue and I questioned about it.  I learned that it was a “sluice pond” from a gas well that had been attempted there many years before.  Gas and oil occupy the same underground areas and one cannot drill for one without finding at least small quantities of the other. In that case, the water and oil had been drained off into this little pond in that unsuccessful search for gas.  That same small piece of ground will still be blue and totally barren of vegetation, but that was a small operation.  Periodically, some drillers will go back to old wells and try low-pressure “fracking” in order to salvage a bit more gas from that well.  It was done a mile from our little lake house where we had a well of potable water.  After the fracking, the well was hopelessly fouled…. forever!

In traveling the length of Kansas in order to visit your lovely state, I was struck by how green western Kansas has become with the assistance of the gigantic irrigation systems which allow the growth of many crops that are not thought to be indigenous to the climate.  This cropland that spreads throughout the whole of western Kansas and Nebraska is the reason for the sobriquet of “Breadbasket to the World.”  The fresh water which nourishes those fields as well as all the large cities west of Wichita is a large underground deposit, called the Oglalla Aquifer, dating back to the melting glaciers from the last Ice Age.  We are aware that it will not last forever and so conservation practices have been instituted for its maximum protection.

Can one even imagine the disaster, not only to Kansas and Nebraska but to the world as a whole, should this precious water deposit become fouled by a massive leak of crude oil into its midst?  A huge share of the wheat-producing land in the world would be instantly removed from availability, world famine would be increased exponentially and the entire region returned to empty desert.  There is nobody who can guarantee that such a leak would never happen and there is not enough money in the world to compensate humanity for its loss.

Than, again, why should we tolerate it?  This is Canada’s oil, bound for re-sale all over the world.  There are refineries closer than Houston and no reason why Canada should not build their own refineries closer to the source of the product, and there must be routes for its disposal that do not endanger such a precious resource of an equally-precious deposit.  I applaud the President for his courageous demand to wait for further investigation of the environmental impact before giving further consideration to tis potentially-disastrous project.

Say No to Cougar

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Joseph Bassman

Mr Mayor and Members of the Council,

City Council will soon vote on a request by Cougar Land Services for an oil and gas survey on city property for Anadarko Oil.

The survey does not benefit our city. The data will be Anadarko’s private property, and Cougar will pay us only a few dollars per acre for our permission.

Longmont derives absolutely no benefit from the survey unless one believes that it’s beneficial to invite the oil industry further into our entire city for a drilling bonanza.

Oil and Gas well drilling is racing towards Longmont. There will soon be hundreds of wells within the city at Union and at Sandstone. The entire city of Longmont is located within the Wattenberg oil field, the richest of the Niobrara. Perhaps even the richest oil and gas ‘play’ in the United States. And there will be many hundreds of additional wells within our city in the near future.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Commission regulations in the Wattenberg are exceptionally lenient. Since the COGCC refuses to differentiate between municipal urban areas on the one hand and rural agricultural land and oil fields on the other, those lenient Wattenberg rules also apply the within our city.

In its proper place, oil and gas facilities might be acceptable. In an urban environment, there is no net benefit. Each well represents an intensive industrial activity using tens of millions of gallons of poisoned water that require quarantine forever, thousands of tanker truck deliveries, and round-the-clock disruptive drilling and fracking using lights and equipment that requires 40,000 horsepower to operate. For many hundreds of wells, the scale and impact to our city are at least alarming, if not terrifying. The cost to the health, safety and property of our citizens far outweighs any royalties that the city government might receive.

We are looking to City Council to protect our community.

And surely, the City Manager, City Attorney, and their staff must be looking to you for formal, public, guidance so they can responsibly fulfill their assignment to update our regulations. You’ve received and considered the opinions of your advisory boards, but now let us hear your true personal feelings about the place of oil and gas facilities in our lives in our city.

Tonight, proclaim to your constituents, your advisory boards, and to city employees that our city has a guiding Principal:

Proclaim: “Our city government will not promote, encourage, or enable oil and gas development even one inch beyond what is forced upon our community by the COGCC”.

Instruct the City Manager to create regulations that protect our community to the fullest extent possible. Use Longmont’s city boundaries to shield us from the personal, economic and physical damage that oil and gas facilities will cause in an urban setting.

Say “NO” to Cougar. Your vote on Cougar will be your personal stand. If you are averse to having oil and gas facilities within our city limits then say “NO” to Cougar!


A Roadmap for Achieving Responsible Oil and Gas Regulations

  1. Ensure that the public understands the situation that Longmont faces. In a nutshell: On average, in the Wattenberg, the value of the oil and gas under our homes is close to the value of our property and home on the surface. The Oil and Gas is probably owned by somebody else who feels relatively unconstrained exploiting this wealth using dangerous and disruptive industrial processes in an urban environment. (See map below)
  2. Establish a guiding principle for creating an administrative and regulatory system to protect our community. The principal should be that our city government will not promote, encourage, or enable oil and gas development even one inch beyond what is forced upon our community by the COGCC.
  3. Use the document, Oil and Gas Regulations: A Guide for Local Governments, as a fundamental resource. This was created by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, DOLA. The purpose of this guide is to provide a broad perspective to help municipalities in Colorado come to terms with, and shape the way in which they individually wish to work with the industry to address the concerns of the community.
  4. Adapt Saguache County’s 2008 regulations to fit our situation and use as our first draft. DOLA provides several case studies as a guide for considering local community issues. DOLA’s first reference is to Saguache County which utilizes Performance Standards and Operational Conflicts Special Exemptions, both of which are noteworthy.
  5. Strengthen the draft using best practices from Laplatta, Gunnison, Rio Grande, and other counties and cities. (Especially those cited by DOLA) Also use the CU Law School directory of state-wide regulations as a reference guide.
  6. Update the draft of our regulations to comply with recent COGCC rulings.
  7. Release the draft for Advisory Board and public review. Be open to new ideas and strategies. Don’t hesitate to incorporate additional reasonable requirements and tactics.
  8. Use Indemnification and Insurance to protect the property and interests of our citizens. Use fees. Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement costs. Indemnification for lost property values. Insurance against damage, disasters, negligence, environmental clean up, infrastructure build-out and degradation, emergency response, and end-of-life site restoration.
  9. Establish an Oil and Gas Department Just as we currently have a Building Department we will need a Gas and Oil Department to administrate and enforce our regulations and to protect the safety of the public. This is a multi-billion dollar enterprise just within our city. The department manager should be intimately knowledgeable about the Colorado Gas and Oil Industry and will be our official ‘Designee” to the COGCC. Give this department the mission of working to re-establish our community’s home rule rights regarding oil and gas facilities.
  10. Do not sell or lease mineral or water rights for the purpose of drilling, fracking, or production of oil and gas within our city.
  11. Place all revenue from pre-existing contracts into a municipal fund to be managed by the new Oil and Gas Department. Use the fund to mitigate the losses and damage that can be expected in our community from drilling and fracking.

Submitted by Joseph Bassman, 3414 Lakeview Circle, Longmont CO Jan 3, 2012

The Wattenberg Field

The Wattenberg Field

Oil and Gas Wells are Surrounding and Invading the Cities of the Wattenberg Field.

joseph.bassman@gmail.com

January 3, 2012

Erie Rising

There’s a new blog in Erie – here’s their latest post:

Welcome to the website dedicated to Erie, Colorado families and our concerns regarding the natural gas drilling and fracking in our community.  

On this site, we will post articles, news links, comments, concerns, and responses with the intent of enabling and empowering Erie residents with knowledge and understanding of the serious issues and development in our community.

As a community we are simply asking 3 questions:

How does Hydraulic Fracturing (aka “fracking”) affect our health?
How does Hydraulic Fracturing  affect our children and environment?
How will Hydraulic Fracturing affect our property value?

We are not experts on the issue; we are fellow concerned parents and residents who are in the process of becoming knowledgeable about natural gas development in our area.  We do not hold all of the answers, but we will post the information we receive and share it with you so that you too are enabled to make your own conclusions about the issues at hand.

If you have an article you would like to share, please email it to us erierising@gmail.com and we will post it for you! We will do our best to post information from all sides as we know this is a very volatile issue.

Please join us to protect our community and our children!

Longmont City Council 12-20-2011

Huge turnout of citizens opposed to fracking – all asking Council to impose a six-month ban on new applications and licenses to drill until careful study is done and regulations reviewed to ensure the public’s interest is protected.

Several oil-industry folks showed up and are noted.

Council voted for a 120 day moratorium by a 7 – 0 vote.

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TO :  CITY OF LONGMONT  c/o Brien Schumacher

FROM:  CITIZENS OF UNION RESERVOIR

RE: CONCERNS OF OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT AROUND UNION RESERVOIR

DATE: DECEMBER 12, 2011

Attached:

Full COGCC report of Complaint #1433445 and  Remediation # 3743 regarding contamination at Rider Well #1 next to Trail Ridge Middle School(31 pages-2 sided)

CTL Thompson Report May 22, 2006(17 pages 2 sided)

Cordilleran Report August 14, 2008 (33 pages-2 sided)

Cordilleran Report December 12, 2008 (36 pages-2 sided)

Olsson Associates Report July 10, 2009 (19 pages-1 sided)

Maps of COGCC Field Inspector, Environment, Engineering, Location Assessment, Permitting Coverage(5 page)

OSHA Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing(11 Pages)

INTRODUCTION

The Oil and Gas Conservation Act does not totally preempt a home-rule city’s exercise of land-use authority over Oil and Gas Development and Operations within the territorial limits of the city. We believe there is a human element, as well as a cumulative effect, of the Oil & Gas Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing industry that affects citizens and is not currently addressed by the State of Colorado and COGCC.  At this point, it is widely accepted that most damage and contamination occurs near the surface.  Due to it’s lack of accountability, there is no other industry allowed to severely risk property values, public health, environment, and local jobs, to the extent the Oil and Gas Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing process does, and therefore this needs to be addressed.

PROPERTY VALUES

We believe the property values of residents and City of Longmont will decline where there is a concentration of industrial activity from Oil & Gas Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing, consistent with those seen across the state and country.  We believe the area around Union Reservoir will be a ‘heavily fracked’ area over the next decade if this industrial activity is allowed in City of Longmont jurisdiction.  Screening and aesthetic change must be considered  to protect property values, with regard to consolidation of wells near schools,  residential zoning, and inside recreation areas.  Who incurs the costs?  Will the City experience a direct loss of revenue from fees for recreation and events at Union Reservoir, in relation to Oil & Gas Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing? What is the projected total of wells to be considered around Union Reservoir over the next decade or two. “In recent years, landowners in heavily ‘fracked’ parts of the county, like Garfield County Colorado, have seen property values plummet. Retirees, like Dee Hoffmeister and Lisa Bracken, have experienced this first hand. Both of their families have found themselves powerless to pursue any recourse at recovering the damage done to their personal assets.” NYT 11/19/11.

TRANSPORTATION

We believe the current proposed accessibility for the Eckel, Steinke, or Bogott property will need improvements and therefore are subject to  investigation and compensation. There will need to be upgrades to existing transportation on WCR 1 infrastructure to accommodate heavy truck traffic. We need a comprehensive study of these impacts on the roads over time, given that if the industry is allowed in City limits, there will be more wells drilled and fracked than the current proposal, in this area.  Also, we do not believe the State of Colorado or COGCC address hazardous commercial vehicle access and proximity to residential housing, schools, and recreation areas. What happens if one of these trucks accidentally hits an occupied residence in transit, given the proximity to dwellings on the current proposal? Are these people evacuated prior to transport?  Do we know what hazardous chemicals will be transported in City limits?

INSURANCE and INDEMNITY

Potential damage costs associated with a hazardous spills needs to be assessed. We believe there should be a requirement for insurance above and beyond what is currently required by the State of Colorado or the COGCC, especially if the applicant has a past history of several violations. The City of Longmont must demand a Indemnity Bond to guarantee sufficient indemnification for all loss that could be sustained as a result of reduced value or damage to property and environment.  We believe that the applicant should be required to carry a cash Reclamation Bond, that would guarantee the eventual clean-up of any and all damage caused by Oil and Gas Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing, returning the site to its natural, pre-development condition, particularly if the applicant has a history of contaminations and violations. Will there be Development Bonds regarding public infrastructure improvements necessitated by the Drilling, Hydraulic Fracturing, Hauling, and related Construction activities?

DISCLOSURE

Current Federal, State, and COGCC regulations do not allow for full disclosure of chemicals and concentrations used in the Oil & Gas Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing process. We believe this puts all life at risk if an accident were to occur and treatment were necessary for contamination.  Are contaminations, such as COGCC Complaint #1433445/Remediation #3743, reported to the city, school, or adjacent properties?  We believe that all records pertaining to all wells shall always be kept available for public record, due to the longevity of the wells.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

There will need to be education and training with regard to local authorities knowledge of contamination procedures concerning toxic chemicals used.  Who is responsible for these costs? Particular attention should be given, due to the proximity to schools, dwellings, and location on City of Longmont public recreation areas with proposed trails. All locations on the current proposal will combine for higher concentration of pedestrian traffic adjacent to the industrial activity, as compared to rural, private property. Reverse 911 for chemical spills?

Do we know what hazardous chemicals will be allowed in City limits?

SETBACKS

Current setback mandates by The State of Colorado and COGCC are not sufficient to protect surface property owners or occupants from Oil and Gas Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing.  Current regulation, allowing concentration of industrial activity, with regard to consolidated well pads, and the proximity to dwellings, schools, water source, and recreation areas, puts human life at risk.  See attached submittal from the United States Department of Labor, OSHA guidelines, regarding potential hazards involved with Oil and Gas Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing.  If there were an accident during any part of the process, are the setbacks sufficient to protect children playing 50’ away on adjacent properties? Clearly, this is an industrial activity, concentrated, with regard to consolidation of wells.  There needs to be much larger setbacks from adjacent properties and dwellings when proposed next to residential areas, schools, water source, and recreation areas. The City of Longmont needs to study, ‘What is the safe distance?’, regarding this industry and it’s concentration effects with regard to well consolidation.

AIR, SOIL, WATER, MONITORING

We believe this industry to have many potential health side effects related to air, soil, and water contamination.  We do not believe that current Federal , State of Colorado, or COGCC  regulations adequately cover the air, soil,  and water pollution, with regard to Oil and Gas Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing.  We are concerned that we, as citizens adjacent to this concentrated industrial activity,  will bear the costs of the oversight shortcomings with our health.  We also believe current contamination level acceptability for several hazardous chemicals(See Table 910-1 of COGCC rules),  with regard to air, soil, and water pollution, by Federal, State of Colorado, and COGCC are insufficient, as it relates to the Oil and Gas Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing industry.   Especially in close proximity to schools, residences, and public recreation areas.  Clear and accurate information on accessibility to  air, soil, and water tests must be provided to adjacent property owners and schools, with sufficient time, to accumulate a baseline inventory of air, soil, and water composition, prior to any commencement of drilling, if they choose to have independent testing done.   We need a soil, air, and water baseline inventory to assess long term changes in the soil , water, and air around proposed well sites by the applicant or City of Longmont.  We would like multiple samples of air taken at all places of interest and in the breathing zone of the exposed population.  Emission monitoring for VOC’s, road dust, and ozone flare are necessary throughout the process of Oil and Gas Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing process.  There is limited toxicological data and an unavailability of accepted inhalation toxicity values for 65 out of 86 detected contaminants in the air.  Must we get sick to prove toxicity?  We believe this project should be funded with profits, projected or realized, relating to Oil and Gas exploration.   The City of Longmont should mandate closed loop systems.  The City of Longmont should require the usage of nontoxic, green chemicals for the Stimulation process.  An increase of engineered monitoring wells for those applicants that have a history of contamination and poor remediation are necessary.  Storm water runoff rules, given the proximities to watersheds, are necessary.  We believe it is clear, there is not enough emphasis by the Federal Government, the State of Colorado and COGCC regarding these issues. Evidence of this is can be seen by  attached COGCC Complaint #1433445 and Remediation #3743. We believe it is incumbent upon the City of Longmont or other profiteer of Oil and Gas exploration on City of Longmont property, to fund a local, independent scientific study, regarding information we can gain about side effects from this industry , given the large sums of profits.

LIGHT AND NOISE MONITORING

We do not believe the current State of Colorado, COGCC, or local laws adequately cover  light or noise pollution created during Oil and Gas Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing near residential areas, schools, or recreation areas.

OVERSIGHT

It is clear, based on the amount of wells in this region, current and projected, and number of COGCC inspectors, engineers, permitters, and environmental managers, per region, that there is not enough oversight.  It is clear, upon review of attached Complaint #1433445/Remediation # 3743, that there is a lack of follow up and implementation of remediation by the COGCC when contamination occurs.   Current COGCC inspections only occur, on average, once every 3 years. This is unacceptable, particularly in residential, school, and public access recreation areas, where there is a higher concentration of human population, or next to a water source.  Even when the contamination is above legal limits and remediation is demanded, records reveal a clear lack of attention and enforcement by COGCC. Evidence seen by Remediation #3743  puts school children, water table, and property values at risk. Will the city be obligated to incur the expense of hiring additional staff to regularly inspect the oil well activities and sites?  Who will be inspecting? How often? How can we demand faster remediation if there is an accident?  If the offending activity is not witnessed while it’s occurring, then no penalties can be imposed.

TRACING

We believe there should be a benign element introduced to the chemicals used during the Oil & Gas Drilling and Hydraulic fracturing process to identify the proprietor, if there were a contamination to occur. This element is particularly important to consider when the applicant has a history of violation.

BAD ACTOR

We do not believe that there should be any approval of  a proposal where the applicant has shown negligence in remediation. 906.a and 906.d of COGCC rules.  We do not believe that there should be any approval of  a proposal where the applicant has had previous contamination within the City of Longmont. The applicant should be reputable in all areas of public activity, including credit ratings, harassment violations, workman’s compensation cases, construction health and safety compliance, regulatory requirements, and any legal issues. This is an industrial activity that puts Citizens lives in danger when shortcuts occur.

ZONING

We believe current zoning to be inconsistent with the proposed consolidated pad on Parcel 120536400011 and surroundings.  There needs to be a higher standard with respect to location  of consolidated drill pads and their effect on overall surroundings.   We believe there will be a drop in property values for those existing homes adjacent to where PUD-R zoning would need to be changed to accommodate Oil and Gas Drilling and Hydraulic fracturing at this site.

QUALITY OF LIFE

We believe any acceptance of Oil and Gas Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing around Union Reservoir is a compromise of the citizens quality of life.  One of the benchmark standards for quality of life, nationally, regionally, and locally, is the accessibility to open space and recreation areas.  Approval of any industrial activity in these designated areas, restricts that access, therefore, compromises quality of life.  Current State of Colorado and COGCC regulations do not account for this, but we believe local authority should.

CHILD HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS

Given the proposed proximity to residence, schools, and public trails, with regard to consolidation of industrial activity, the many physical differences between children and adults demand special emphasis. A child’s lower body weight and higher intake rate results in a greater dose of hazardous substance per unit of body weight. They could be at greater risk than adults from certain kinds of exposure to hazardous substances. Children play outdoors and sometimes engage in hand-to-mouth behaviors that increase their exposure potential. Children are shorter than are adults; this means they breathe dust, soil, and vapors close to the ground. If toxic exposure levels are high enough during critical growth stages, the developing body systems of children can sustain permanent damage. Finally, children are dependent on adults for access to housing, for access to medical care, and for risk identification. Thus, adults need as much information as possible to make informed decisions regarding their children’s health.

MACROECOLOGY

All living things fail without water.  Under current Federal, State of Colorado, and COGCC laws and guidelines, the hydraulic fracturing industry fails to address long term consequences of enormous amounts of water contamination.  We are contaminating one finite resource we cannot substitute, in water, for another resource, in gas, we can substitute.  This industry should not be allowed to continue without research into how to successfully decontaminate water, with regard to chemicals used in the Oil & Gas Hydraulic Fracturing process, or demand usage of green chemicals.  The City of Longmont should mandate green completions.

CONCLUSION

This letter does not preclude our neighborhood from submitting further issues, given the fast rate at which the City of Longmont is choosing to proceed with its analysis and judgment of the Oil & Gas Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing process allowed in city limits. We believe current Federal, State of Colorado, local and COGCC rules and laws do not protect its Citizens, with regard to Oil and Gas drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing.  We believe the City of Longmont should immediately suspend the acceptance of applications for permits for oil and gas development for 6 months, so that the aforementioned issues can be fully vetted and that municipal codes can be adopted to resolve the issues. We believe the City of Longmont should suspend all Oil & Gas Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing development within our community for 6 months.  We believe the City of Longmont should immediately create and pass a Municipal Ordinance that establishes the inalienable right of the City of Longmont citizens and electorate to control, ban, and outlaw Oil and Gas well activities within our Municipality.  Cost of doing business should not severely risk property values, public health, environment, and local jobs.  We urge the City of Longmont to protect our Civil Rights.

Attached:

Full COGCC report of Complaint #1433445 and  Remediation # 3743 regarding contamination at Rider Well #1 next to Trail Ridge Middle School(31 pages-2 sided)

CTL Thompson Report May 22, 2006(17 pages 2 sided)

Cordilleran Report August 14, 2008 (33 pages-2 sided)

Cordilleran Report December 12, 2008 (36 pages-2 sided)

Olsson Associates Report July 10, 2009 (19 pages-1 sided)

Maps of COGCC Field Inspector, Environment, Engineering, Location Assessment, Permitting Coverage(5 page)

OSHA Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing(11 Pages)

Submitted 12/12/11

Citizens of Union Reservoir

Pat Eckel

Joe Kelliher

Dave Miller

Linda Miller

Chris Porzuczek

Sheila Porzuczek

Diane Seaman

Tom Seaman

Dick VanProosdy

Joyce VanProosdy

Charles Walck

Carol Walck

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.