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Thursday, October 4,2012

City of Longmont Ballot Question 300: Yes to Fracking Ban

City of Longmont Ballot Question 300

Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)



Yes, we are fully cognizant of the fact that the City of Longmont will likely get sued by the state (again) over this puppy if it passes, and the city might well lose that lawsuit. And even if Longmont wins such a suit, there will likely be mineral owners who sue the city, claiming that they have been deprived of access to their rightful property, their oil and gas deposits. And yes, this might cost the city and taxpayers thousands. Maybe millions.

But you know what? This is a line in the sand worth fighting for. It’s about the health and safety of our residents, especially our children and the generations that will follow. It’s about the dozens of publicly elected officials — from county commissioners to city officials across the state — who have signed on to a letter protesting Gov. John Hickenlooper’s decision to sue Longmont over its recently approved oil and gas regulations.

While those regulations and this ballot question should not be confused, we must stand in favor of Question 300 on principle, simply because the people can only be pushed around by corporate interests for so long before they rise up for their rights and their well-being.

Respond: letters@boulderweekly.com

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