Jon Haubert – Denver Business Journal – July 4, 2014
As a part of the primary election held on June 24, residents in Loveland were asked whether or not a two-year moratorium on fracking should be enacted in order to further study the potential impacts.
Those unfamiliar that we’ve been fracking since 1947, with over 1.2 million frack jobs under our belt, may be inclined to think, “Sure, let’s wait until we know more — what’s the harm?” It’s a very reasonable approach.
But unlike the five communities of Boulder, Broomfield, Fort Collins, Lafayette and Longmont which voted for a ban or moratorium in past elections, Loveland changed course and immediately became a national case study and microcosm in the debate on fracking.
Why? It’s clear that those previous decisions to halt fracking in Colorado communities were based on unfounded and hyper-emotional claims meant to mask anti-fracking organizations’ true agenda of eliminating the production of oil and natural gas altogether. Fortunately, Loveland voters saw through the “delay tactics” behind the call for further studies, and hopefully other Colorado communities will follow their lead and learn more about fracking’s 60+ year history.
In Colorado especially, we already have high standards and “best in nation” model environmental regulations in place to ensure that the health and safety of our communities come first. With the facts on fracking in hand, voters chose the opportunity and benefit oil and natural gas development can bring to a local community.