Colorado activists continue to escalate an atmosphere of hysteric fears surrounding fracturing, with the Boulder area the epicentre of resistance. Despite the scientific evidence and proven history of its safety, Boulder County Commissioners obliged the activists last night by implementing the maximum regulations and restrictions on the natural gas industry possible, limits that exceeded state law.
Boulder County Commissioners said they restricted fracking operations as much as they could but protesters wanted more. The fracking operation restrictions were approved at Thursday’s meeting which was attended by protesters who appeared with tape placed over their mouths. The tape was a visual sign of their opposition to what happened last week where anti-fracking protesters disrupted the meeting and criticized other witnesses. Commissioners cited “a bullying atmosphere” and attempts to intimidate other witnesses at the Dec. 4 meeting….
Commissioners said at Thursday’s meeting they did everything within the rights of local government to restrict oil and gas operations. That includes placing wells at the maximum distance from structures as well as strict air and water quality requirements which the commissioners say is much stricter than current state law….
“This is, it will devastate me,” said Longmont resident Mike Taylor. “The health issues are monstrous.”
An inability to think rationally sadly translates to a readiness to subject neighbors, babies and elderly to the real and serious health dangers that come from lack of natural gas heat during cold Colorado winters.