Colorado and the Gas & Oil industry: Don't frack our city
  • Petitioned Colorado Department of Public Health

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State of Colorado
Colorado Department of Public Health
State of Colorado
CDPHE Oil and Gas Consultation Program
Mayor
Dennis Coombs

Colorado and the Gas & Oil industry: Don't frack our city

    1. Joan Peck
    2. Petition by

      Joan Peck

      Longmont, CO

Longmont , Colorado is located on the Wattenburg oil field.The question is, will we let the oil and gas industry sacrifice the city to get the gas reserves? The citizens of Longmont said ‘we want to vote on that question’ and launched a very successful, city-wide, non-partisan, petition drive to be able to vote to change the city charter to prohibit fracking within the city limits.

Drilling an oil or gas well emits methane which is an invisible, odorless, toxic gas. Methane is emitted into the air for the life of the well, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Fracking uses five million gallons of water per frack. If the city decides to sell the mineral rights on public land we could expect wells to be in all our open spaces including golf courses, parks, ball fields, airports, schools, etc. That is a lot of poisonous gas in our air. That is a lot of water for a state that doesn’t have enough water to fight our forest and wild fires.

Some parts of Colorado have had so much benzene and other carcinogens contaminating the water that it has become flammable and poisonous. We do not want this to happen to Longmont’s water and air.

Colorado’s energy policy supports the G&O industry by agreeing to let them drill wells 350 feet from any school or building. The state is violating Home Rule status and our constitutional rights to clean air and water. There is no promise of job creation within our city by the industry. There is no expectation of spillage cleanup or road repair by the industry. Historically, there has been no evidence of lower gas prices when fracking is allowed within a municipality. There is only the threat of law suits.

This could happen to you and your city. We already subsidize (taxes) the gas & oil industry with millions of dollars each year. Don’t let them take our land, air, water and property values too.

Let our government know that we do have a voice. If you live in Longmont, vote “YES” on 300 for the Longmont Health, Safety, and Wellness Act to prohibit fracking in the city limits. If you have friends or relatives who live in the city of Longmont, Co., encourage them to vote “YES” on 300 for the Longmont Health, Safety, and Wellness Act to prohibit fracking in the city limits.

 

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
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      Petition Organizer
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    5. 'Fracking' brine | Gas-well waste full of radium

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    6. Anti-frackers won NPR fracking debate

      Joan Peck
      Petition Organizer
      The Natural Gas Boom: Doing More Harm Than Good? : NPR

      Some people are embracing the wave of increased natural gas extraction in the United States. Others, concerned about the risks, are saying no fracking way. A panel of experts weighs the pros and cons of a boom sparked by hydraulic fracturing in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

    7. Reached 50 signatures

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    • Jack Slavin LONGMONT, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      We need to get off gas and on sunshine!

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    • marcia white LONGMONT, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      I don't want our environment polluted & our property values lowered. We only have this one planet; let's keep it safe. If the gas riggers have to wear haz-mat suits, are you going to issue them to all the rest of us?

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    • Jerry Vaughn LONGMONT, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      Fracking is an industrial process that is unhealthy, intrusive, geophysically dangerous, and just another example of our disdain and recklessness for our natural environment. It certainly is not a symbol of representing who we really are.

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    • cassaundra west LONGMONT, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      Don't want water contaimented and want the environment to be safe for us and future generations

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    • amanda harper LONGMONT, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      My family live out in farm land with fracking all around us. It is a dirty energy! Poor poor Polluted eastern plains.

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