Secret Deal to Pull Ballot Measures Won’t Protect Colorado from Fracking
Denver, Co. – The eleventh-hour deal struck by Governor Hickenlooper and Representative Polis to pull ballot measures slated for this November will not protect Coloradans from the inherent dangers of fracking. This closed-door negotiation undermines the collective will and desires of hundreds-of-thousands of Coloradans who need and desire real leadership to protect their health, safety and property from the harms of fracking.
“This deal does nothing for the Broomfield residents who voted last November to get more information on the health and property impacts of fracking. It will not protect us. We are severely disappointed that politics are being played with families and our lives,” said Laura Fronckiewicz with Our Broomfield.
“This ‘compromise’ will do nothing to address the fact that the oil and gas industry, in league with Governor Hickenlooper and the State of Colorado, continues to sue communities for voting to protect themselves from fracking. Local communities should not be pre-empted when it comes to protecting our health, safety and property from the dangers that flow from fracking, an extreme industrial activity,” said Kaye Fissinger, President of Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont. “The people of Longmont and all Coloradans have constitutional rights that protect their health and welfare. It is past time when all branches of government need to honor those rights.”
“This deal will not protect Colorado communities, does not promote real local control, and will not make fracking any less of a hazard for our water, our air and our health. This hollow compromise may remove fracking from the state ballot this November, but it doesn’t solve any problems. It creates an unelected task force and guarantees that concern among voters about fracking will continue to escalate, and that fracking will continue to be a significant statewide issue our officials must address,” said Sam Schabacker, Western Region Director with Food & Water Watch.
“We will continue to fight the toxic industry that puts our families and communities at risk. It’s a sad day when politicians subvert the will of the people,” stated Karen Wagner of Citizens for a Healthy Fort Collins. “We will not be deterred in our efforts.”
“We are outraged to see politicians once again prioritizing political expediency over the health and well being of Coloradans. The proposed compromise represents a failure on the part of both Polis and Hickenlooper to protect Coloradans from the dangers of fracking,” said Russell Mendell of Frack Free Colorado. “This is further evidence that real progress cannot come from the top down, and true change will continue to come from citizen, grassroots organizing. There are hundreds of thousands of Coloradans who have been involved with local community efforts to protect their communities from fracking, who feel betrayed by this back room deal making. This deal only strengthens our resolve to work in our communities for real citizen initiatives that will ensure a safe and healthy future for all Coloradans. It’s time for Coloradans to stand up take back our democratic rights.”
Despite this hollow “compromise,” the groups vow to continue their efforts to protect their health, safety and property from the harms of fracking.
Contact: Sam Schabacker, 720-295-1036, sschabacker[at]fwwatch[dot]org