Ballot Measure 300 is focus of Rogers Grove gathering
By Tony Kindelspire Longmont Times-Call
LONGMONT — Competing with bright September sunshine, a lively farmers’ market just across the way and the general exhilaration that accompanies the first day of autumn in Colorado, a rally meant to boost support for Ballot Measure 300, which would ban fracking within the Longmont city limits, still drew about 100 people Saturday.
Sponsored by Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont — with assistance from some other like-minded organizations — the lively gathering featured music and impassioned speeches about the perceived dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which is a method of extracting natural gas from shale.
Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont collected enough signatures to put Ballot Measure 300 to a voelection. Should it pass, state agencies have all but guaranteed a lawsuit against the city — which is already facing one from the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission.
But that doesn’t dissuade supporters of 300, who said at Rogers Grove on Saturday that the health and safety of Longmont residents is worth taking a stand.