Practical words on fracking

They may come from different ends of the political spectrum, but retired newspaperman Percy Conarroe and former Boulder County Commissioner Paul Danish know a thing or two about the goings-on in Longmont and Boulder County.

More enlightening is the fact that both senior gentlemen, now living in Longmont, see the foolishness in the current anti-fracking hysteria.

Longmont Politics is glad to re-post Percy Conarroe’s excellent letter printed in the Times-Call on Sept. 4.  Secondly, we are running a series of links to Paul Danish’s astute views on fracking from his Danish Plan column in the Boulder Weekly.

Percy Conarroe: Longmont City Council should have drilled for facts

There’s quite a bit of information pertaining to the gas/oil drilling controversy that I think should have been more thoroughly discussed prior to the Longmont City Council’s decision to take on the state government in a big-time lawsuit.
Why haven’t we been told earlier that Greeley has already tried to over-regulate and the Colorado Supreme Court said no. Not good news, either, for the rules-changing initiative.

It has been hinted that because Longmont is a home rule municipality, the state’s authority over drilling should end at the city’s borders. But remember, the state also writes other uniform codes, including one that regulates traffic, which every municipality is required to adopt and enforce, without revision. Does Longmont have an insurance back-up pool, perhaps something like the Boulder County commissioners had when they took their very expensive lawsuit against the Rocky Mountain Christian Church to the Supreme Court and lost?

What sort of ongoing revenues do the city of Longmont and St. Vrain Valley schools get from these drilling activities?
Longmont resident Paul Danish, author of Boulder’s Danish Plan who is now a columnist for The Boulder Weekly, estimates that oil well drilling activity, thanks to fracking, will bring in from $3 billion to $5 billion in the next few years to boost Colorado’s economy. He calls it “Colorado’s ticket out of the recession.” He also suggests that if the well sites are as dangerous as the anti-frackers claim, then they should leave their children at home when protesting there.

Meanwhile, President Obama quietly slips an American aircraft carrier into the Strait of Hormuz to guarantee safe delivery of Saudi oil. And all along I thought we were trying to drill our way around these real war potentialities. Not in Longmont, apparently.

PERCY CONARROE
Longmont

And from Paul Danish
The toxic hell of fracking (children-welcome)
August 23, 2012

No water for fracking? No problem
August 9, 2012

Fracking out of a recession
July 12, 2012

Oil wells vs. subdivisions
June 28, 2012

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