Colorado's Tenacious Anti-Fracking Movement Explores "Last-Ditch Options"

October 4, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Left with few options for stopping the scourge of oil and gas drilling in their state, Colorado residents are turning to creative forms of resistance in what the Denver Post calls “a last-ditch push for protection” against fracking.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in early May that state rules promoting oil and gas development trump local attempts to restrict or ban drilling near homes and schools. As such, residents who live near proposed drilling sites “said they see few options” for stopping new projects, the Post reported. 

But tenacious Coloradans—who came out en masse earlier this month for Break Free protests against fossil fuels—aren’t giving up the fight.

In and around Parachute and Greeley, where proposed projects could put 53 new wells within municipal limits and a fracking waste facility on the banks of the Colorado River, residents are looking to the state’s new “urban mitigation” rule—under which extraction must minimize impact using higher sound walls, quiet rigs, and pipeline instead of trucks to move oil and gas out to markets—for possible relief.

“In Colorado, you can’t stop the drilling,” said Carl Erickson, chairman of the citizen group Weld Air and Water. “This is a last-ditch effort.”

Meanwhile, Boulder County last week responded to the state Supreme Court’s ruling by ending its own years-long moratorium on accepting applications for new oil and gas operations in the county—one that would have been in place until June 2018—but immediately replaced it with a new and shorter six-month-long moratorium.

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