At a recent League of Women Voters candidates’ forum in Fort Collins, Joann Ginal, Democratic candidate for Colorado House District 52, was asked, “Should the state of Colorado adopt regulations concerning fracking?”
“I believe that fracking is an issue that is going to be a hot topic in the 2013 year and beyond,” she said. “But I also understand that the oil and gas industry is here to stay. And what we need to do is to be able to work with the oil and gas industry in order to develop standards and in order to make sure that our air is clean, our water is clean, and the health of the individuals that are around fracking installations are sufficient, and that they are not posing a health hazard.”
In May, a Ft. Collins City Council meeting considered an oil-and-gas drilling moratorium. Speaking during the public comment portion of the meeting, [starting at 3:27:00 at this link] Ginal was much more blunt and uncompromising on the issue of fracking in general…
“This issue is so difficult because so many of the facts are still not readily available. And despite the potential of natural gas, I believe that fracking poses an unacceptable risk to the health and the economy of our community. The truth is, we do not know the full effects of fracking on plants, on animals, and on humans….
“Until we know the long-term effects of exposure, we should be cautious about subjecting our community to fracturing. I do not want to see Colorado’s or Ft. Collins’s future and natural beauty put in jeopardy, and I fear that fracking near a highly-populated area is a risk that we cannot afford to take.”
The City Council saw things differently, voting on June 5 not to impose a moratorium.
I would add that fracking helps produce cheap, clean energy and provides good jobs. Its estimated economic benefit nationally is in the tens of billions of dollars.