Enviros shoot themselves in the foot

Wednesday, Oct. 31 was a perfect fall day for a walk around Longmont’s scenic Lake MacIntosh trail.

But what did I encounter on the far east end of the trail near the Harvard St. power station?

A 40-foot stretch of anti-fracking graffiti drawn on the path with the words… “Wake up and smell the…benze”, plus a ban fracking symbol. Continue reading…

Bob Greenlee: Erie smart, Longmont not

Greenlee: A Tale of Two Cities
By Bob Greenlee
9/16/2012 Daily Camera

There’s hardly an example of human activity that doesn’t impact someone. A few activities are more susceptible to posing harm than others, but we also don’t live in a riskless world. There’s no greater example of risks that occur than those related to the recovery of natural resources. Mining and other extractive processes are always potentially hazardous and it is only sensible to assume that regulating these activities is appropriate. But arriving at a consensus on what constitutes reasonable is never easy.

Consider this tale of two cities, Longmont and Erie. Longmont, long considered by many to be a somewhat sleepy rural-oriented community not prone to citizens taking radical positions on issues, took a rather aggressive approach when dealing with the contemporary oil and gas drilling technique knowing as fracking. Erie, a much smaller community, has chosen to deal with the same fracking issue in a significantly more sensible way.

Read the rest at the Daily Camera:
http://www.dailycamera.com/opinion-columnists/ci_21546034/greenlee-tale-two-cities

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 Continue reading…

You’ve always heard it here first

Now that there’s been more than 1000 posts on the Longmont Advocate/LightningRod/Politics sites, and many more previous entries on Chris Rodriguez’s Wrongmont blog, it strikes me how many times the non-politically correct, common sense point of view has proven to be true in the long run vs. the reactionary pushing of underlying agendas.

One of the numerous examples from Chris’s writings – Cooling off a solar flare-up – came in early 2010 when Mayor Bryan Baum was besieged by the local left due to his efforts to halt a program providing solar system rebates to Longmont residential and commercial customers at a cost to the city of $150,000. Continue reading…

Denver Post: O & G regs are state’s job

Interesting that the notoriously left-wing Denver Post in an Aug. 1 editorial has sided with the state on oil & gas drilling …

Editorial: In Colorado, oil and gas regulations are the state’s job

The city of Longmont has been looking for a way to legally regulate oil and gas drilling near residential areas for most of this year.

Soon, we’ll find out if they’ve succeeded. Continue reading…

Anti-frackers fret early

The anti-frackers exaggerated fears for our cities.

It seems a foolish play for Longmont’s anti-frackers to have a total fracking ban placed on the ballot this November.

First, they are showing their hand too early with this petition drive.  If I were city council and staff, I’d emphasize that a painstaking effort has taken place for months to come up with a compromise that best serves Longmont.  Working issues are still on the table. Continue reading…

Prisoners of ROAR

Longmont has seen some classic fearmongering campaigns from liberal activists in recent years – the assaults against LifeBridge, HeavenFest, and Airport Runway Extension to name a few –  but the latest anti-fracking paranoia from ROAR (Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas Regulation) has sunk to the point of out bottom-feeding them all. Continue reading…

Mayor Coombs: “Tax the hell out of us now”

As if we didn’t know it already,  Longmont Mayor Dennis Coombs has once again shown he’s a mere sock puppet for local hard left progressive ideologues.

The latest proof came with Coombs’ absurd suggestion regarding the passage of a sales tax increase to fund RTD FasTracks.  It’s a plan that at best can promise Northwest Rail to Longmont in an unfathomable 2028-2034 timeframe. Continue reading…

A better rail alternative for Longmont?

Could the emerging northern Colorado rail transit initiative known as Front Range on Track be the answer to Longmont’s ever-growing RTD FasTracks dilemma ?

From a Loveland Reporter-Herald article reprinted in the Times-Call this morning…

“Advocates of a plan to use railroad lines in Northern Colorado for passenger service will meet Sunday to raise both awareness and money to push their transit proposal forward. Front Range On Track, a group that has assumed a low profile since its formation three years ago, is leveraging some of the attention paid recently to similar rail plans in Boulder County and north metro-Denver to draw some to its own efforts.” Continue reading…