Saturday, August 6, 2011

The “What the Frack?” Commission will submit its petitions to the Aurora City Council on Monday, August 8, 2011


Do you live, or know someone who lives in the city of Aurora, Colorado? The State of Colorado is allowing the Oil & Gas Industry to conduct hydraulic fracturing 'fracking' in Aurora, CO.

This is unprecedented and is wrong in so many ways to the citizens and the environment of Aurora. If you can allow 15-20 minutes of your day to voice the many reasons why natural gas mining in the City of Aurora is bad, please join the rest of us.

The State Land Board is currently considering proposals to lease the Lowry Bombing Range Land for 18-98 oil wells.

In 2007, this area, near the Aurora Reservoir, was designated for conservation use and low-impact development that is sensitive to our natural resources.

Fracking for oil in this area is not low-impact and will industrialize this land and pose a threat to our air, water, soil, quality of life, and health.

Public officials from the City of Aurora and Arapahoe County have not alerted the public or provided a formal statement of concern to the State Land Board. 
Our petitions request that this proposal needs to come before the public in hearings, and environmental impacts must be known before a leasing decision is made. We also recommend stipulations that should be part of the leasing agreements, if fracking is to proceed, that will reduce the risk to the public and the environment.

If you are as concerned about this proposal as we are, please show up and make a brief comment to the City Council.  Our public officials have all been told by the oil and gas industry that fracking is safe: it's time to tell them it is not.

The meeting starts at 7:30.  City Council meetings are open to the public and citizens are invited to be heard.  If you want to speak (and voice your concern about  fracking), you need to sign-up at 7:30 and comments are usually heard at the beginning of the meeting. You’ll have up to 3 minutes to speak.

WHERE:The Aurora Municipal Center (City Council Chamber)

ADDRESS: 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO

TIME: 7:30 P.M.

The debate over fracking — the controversial oil and gas exploration technique — is set to come to Aurora as state officials consider increased oil drilling on the Lowry Bombing Range east of Aurora.

Critics of the technique, which involves blasting tons of liquid into the ground to free fossil fuels from rock formations, say it could jeopardize Aurora’s water and air.

The Colorado State Land Board owns about 26,000 acres on the range, which stretches east roughly from Aurora reservoir between East Quincy Avenue and County Line Road.

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