We need citizen involvement before fracking

If you are anything like me, you enjoy a walk in open space in Boulder County. If you are anything like me, you enjoy quiet in your neighborhood, the sound of children, the fresh air and the feeling of safety.

If you are anything like me, you were shocked to see in the Dec. 26 Colorado Daily that fracking is fast approaching our open space, our neighborhoods and our schools. If you are anything like me, you want to yell, "Stop! Please, for the sake of sanity: STOP!" This is not something that Congress can reverse in a few years. This will be irreparable.

Oil and gas is not my enemy. But we cannot, in good conscience, allow the fracking permits to start a process without citizen involvement, scientific input, and shared decision-making.

We the voters have accumulated $74 million dollars to support Boulder County's Open Space program. We have the right to ask the commissioners to use their authority to allocate theses taxpayer dollars to preserve open space. The goals of the open space program include "preservation of open space land" and "continued management and maintenance of existing open space areas."

If you are anything like me, you will want to add your voice to help us hold our ground. Join me in writing to the Boulder County Commissioners, PO Box 471, Boulder, CO 80306. Or email Commissioners@bouldercounty.org. Let them know you want them to allocate some of our money toward legally protecting our publicly owned open space against fracking, which would surely go against "preservation of critical ecosystems, natural areas, wildlife habitat." For more information, go to resilientcommunitiesnetwork.org.


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Your children and grandchildren will thank you for protecting their open space, their water, their air, their health, and their deserved future.

Shana Parker, Boulder

Support the reintroduction of the grey wolf

There is a fight going on for the natural landscape we call home here in Colorado: the fight for the reintroduction of the grey wolf.

Backing the move are the usually environmentalists groups such as the Sierra Club and defenders of wildlife, but what seems to be the leader is the grassroots group spreading through social media: the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project. Opposing is also the usual suspects — large ranching corporations and hunting groups like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Mule Deer Foundation in what is a obvious threat to their business as normal.

The impact wolves make on the environment through what is called a trophic cascade is overwhelming proof of the positive implications of returning the wolf to its natural range. Please look at the Yellowstone experiment "How Wolves Change Rivers." There is overwhelming science to the need for these apex predators back in our ecosystem.

This is not new to Colorado. The mountain lion was reintroduced as well as the moose and soon to be wolverine as well as several others. Management in other states has gone under fire by opposition groups. But this is Colorado. We are not Montana or Wyoming. I ask that someone look into this issue and possibly use your platform to inform the public about this subject. Thanks.

Jarred King, Conifer, Colo.