Anti-fracking initiatives' impact will be felt far beyond the energy industry in Colorado.
Sometimes in life, it’s helpful to take a step back and look at the big picture. Consider the energy debates around hydraulic fracturing in Boulder, Broomfield, Fort Collins and Lafayette. Although the four ballot measures are worded differently, they share two points in common. First, they are each backward energy bans masquerading as moratoria. Second, informed citizens, organizations and civic leaders from across the state and political spectrum oppose the bans.
Another day, another Fort Collins leader standing up in opposition to Question 2A. This time, the dissenting voice comes from The Coloradoan editorial board, who had this to say:
"At a time when misinformation is being parceled out to all of us, let’s start this discussion with a simple fact: Nearly 90 percent of Fort Collins is already off limits to any sort of oil and gas drilling — fracking or otherwise... Asking for a further moratorium in a city where it’s barely an issue smacks of agenda-based partisanship."
Fort Collins Alliance for Reliable Energy was recently contacted by Gannett Company, the publisher of The Coloradoan, regarding our use of certain content that appeared in The Coloradoan. Gannett requested, and we agreed, to publish the following statement to clarify our use of the content:
"FARE recently published and distributed a flyer that included a reproduction of editorial content published by The Coloradoan on October 8, 2013, regarding Fort Collins Initiative 2A. Use of this specific content did not represent, nor was it intended to imply, an endorsement against initiative 2A by The Coloradoan or its contributors."
Whew. Ballot Item 2A is coming, and everyone has an opinion about it. Unfortunately, many of these opinions are being produced from the loudest voices, not the most facts.Read more
A century ago, Edison’s electric light bulb switched off millions of gas lamps illuminating streets, squares and railway stations around the world, and put gas works effectively out of business. But a new GE study titled the Age of Gas says that gas is back and becoming a focal point of global energy supply and demand. “Natural gas… is positioned to rival coal consumption as well as take share from oil on the global stage,” say the study’s authors Peter C. Evans and Michael F. Farina. They write that gas will also increasingly complement wind and other renewable energy sources in power generation.
Broomfield spent a great deal of time this year updating its oil and gas regulations in light of controversy over energy extraction on the Front Range. Ultimately, the Broomfield City Council approved rules that require companies seeking timely approvals to adopt a host of "best practices" that go well beyond state or federal law.
The ordinance is a model of how communities can control their own destiny without simply trying to ban drilling. And yet Broomfield voters also face a ballot question this fall that would impose a five-year ban on hydraulic fracturing.
We hope they reject this ban and let the new regulations work as intended. Not only is the measure not needed, it's very likely illegal.
Some people prefer fluff, but in Fort Collins we thrive on facts.
The Ft. Collins Chamber of Commerce announced its opposition against Question 2A, joining the Ft. Collins City Council on the side against the moratorium.Read more
If you missed us at the CSU homecoming parade, here are some photos of our float!Read more