As Fort Collins awaits similar fracking lawsuit, Longmont racks up $69,000 in legal fees
Longmont faces two lawsuits related to its oil and gas restrictions
May 2, 2013
If you’re wondering what it might cost Fort Collins to defend itself in court if it is sued for banning fracking, the answer is a quickly moving target.
The only other city in Colorado to ban fracking and restrict energy development within city limits is Longmont, which has spent nearly $69,000 in legal fees through March 31 defending itself against two lawsuits challenging the city’s oil and gas regulations. Continue reading… →
Watch closely as the legislature is in its final days of the 2013 session. This year is shaping up as a game-changer for the way Coloradans govern ourselves and seek the common good.
Over the decades, we’ve seen a Republican-led House and Senate confronting a Democratic governor, and vice versa. We’ve seen the House and Senate controlled by opposite parties. We’ve seen the GOP in complete control, as they were briefly under Gov. Bill Owens, and the Dems in complete control, as they are now under Gov. John Hickenlooper.
But never in my 40 years here have we seen so aggressive an ideological agenda rammed through by one party — and with a nasty kicker in the form of rigged election rules that could lock in the dominant party’s gains for a generation. That’s what I mean by a game-changer. Continue reading… →
“Our ultimate responsibility is to protect people, not property rights,” says Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. (Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post)
The Denver Post: 04/17/2013
By John Hickenlooper
Through many years of operating brewpubs, I took pride in never going to court. It’s not that lawyers aren’t deserving of love, it’s just that we prefer to get things done without having to resort to the courts.
That was our philosophy in business and through nearly two terms as a mayor of Denver. It’s still our view in the governor’s office.
Before anyone asks, no, I didn’t create this video – although I think it’s brilliant. I like the fact it’s personalized for Longmont, even with a phone call to “Tim”, our airport manager. Now, if they would have put Hitler in overalls or made him a female…
The fracking fight came to Colorado Springs yesterday, and energy development won out over a radical environmentalist “mob” of about 20 people. In a 6-3 vote to allow exploratory drilling on private land in the Springs, the city council decided to not make the same mistake Longmont Councilman Brian Bagley and the Longmont City Council made by getting in bed with radical environmental wackjobs. Continue reading… →
The title of this post is actually a title of a book by the recently deceased Longmont resident D. Ernie Greenly. Back when I got started (with Wrongmont) we had some interesting back-and-forth conversations, but we never got together for that beer he wanted to buy me. When I use that term, I’m not leaving Longmont, yet, but Longmont is leaving many of us. Continue reading… →
Another election, and plenty of opportunities lost. First, with the Presidential race I got 44 out of 50 states right, which is my worst call yet. But, I was far from alone on that one and people far smarter and more prominent than I got it even worse. At the time of this writing, Florida still hasn’t been officially called, but I assume Obama will get it and a final tally of 332-206, although the popular vote was much closer than that Electoral College number looks. Continue reading… →
Imagine you had a home somewhere in the middle of Longmont, and some mob decided to erect something similar to the Berlin Wall around the city blocking access to your property. If Ballot Question 300 passes you won’t have to imagine it if you are a mineral rights owner. Continue reading… →
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