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Demand a Boulder County Ban on Fracking (7/16/19 4pm-7pm)

  • Boulder Downtown Courthouse 1325 Pearl Street Boulder, CO, 80302 United States (map)

On July 16, the Boulder County Commissioners will hold a public hearing regarding the emergency moratorium on fracking they enacted in June. The moratorium was passed to allow the land use department to write new regulations in light of SB181 passed earlier this year. This new law allows governments to have some power in determining locations of well pad surface structures. Fracking will return to Boulder County under the leadership of the current Commission.
Commissioners Elise Jones and Matt Jones both voted no on a resolution to ban fracking at a meeting of the Boulder County Democrats earlier this year. They are not interested in a ban, though the majority of their constituents and the rank and file of the Boulder County Democrats support one.
Climate scientists are telling us that there must be a drawdown of fossil fuel now. Lawsuits for future damage and simply encouraging renewables, the two current approaches of the Commissioners, won’t combat climate change. There must be an end to the construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure including well pads in Boulder County.
The Democratic and Republican parties are heavily invested in keeping the fracking industry afloat in Colorado and State law supports their position in forcing communities to accept the industry. This reality is the reason the Commissioners fully accept the return of fracking to Boulder County.
Our Commissioners can say NO to all fracking in Boulder County, but it will take a critical mass of citizens to apply relentless pressure for them to do so. We CAN force the Commissioners to represent the will of the people rather than the State Democratic leadership. The language for a ban on oil and gas development can be found at bocoprotectors.org/climate-bill-of-rights.

Show up on July 16 at the County Courthouse and demand a ban. Sign up to speak here: https://www.bouldercounty.org/property-and-land/land-use/planning/oil-gas-development/