Fracking threatens health and beauty of Boulder County

Fellow citizens of Boulder County, our local community is under imminent threat. Two large private companies — Crestone Peak Resources and Extraction Oil and Gas subsidiary 8 North — want to come into Boulder County and risk the beautiful existence and health of the open space land that makes Boulder so desirable to live and play in.

I personally oppose fracking because we have already discovered solutions to our energy problems that don’t require cracking open our land and pumping harmful chemicals into the ground. I also have zero trust for private companies that want to profit off of the natural resources. Some of this natural gas may go to Colorado, but some will be sold to outside interests for a profit for those private companies.

And who pays for the externalities of the hydraulic fracturing? We do as a community. Boulder citizens have invested over $100 million taxpayer dollars into our open space fund. Why should we allow a private company to harm our environment and profit off these pristine resources which belong to all of us?

I call on all Boulder County commissioners to obey the will of the people who elected them and stop any fracking on our open space lands and within the county indefinitely.

If Portland can do it, why not Boulder?

Joshua Smith, Boulder

Stop fracking in Boulder County

There is already so much fracking going on around Boulder that it’s scary. However, I’m writing as a resident of Boulder to express my concern for the fracking coming closer and closer to us every day.

The protected open space is the reason I and so many others love Boulder. These lands must remain protected in order to preserve our community’s health and natural landscape. The health impacts from fracking include respiratory problems, birth defects, blood disorders, cancer and nervous system impacts for workers and for those who live close to wells.

We need to stop risking the health of our planet and of our people for profit. If you really think the economy is more important than the environment, try holding your breath while you count your money.

Melissa Morgan, Boulder

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