Ballot Question #300, prohibiting fracking in Longmont City Limits is endorsed by:

Boulder Weekly

“This is a line in the sand worth fighting for. It’s about the health and safety of our residents, especially our children and the generations that will follow. It’s about the dozens of publicly elected officials — from county commissioners to city officials across the state — who have signed on to a letter protesting Gov. John Hickenlooper’s decision to sue Longmont over its recently approved oil and gas regulations.

While those regulations and this ballot question should not be confused, we must stand in favor of Question 300 on principle, simply because the people can only be pushed around by corporate interests for so long before they rise up for their rights and their well-being.”

> Complete endorsement here

Gordon Pedrow, former City Manager of Longmont

I will vote “yes” on Question 300 for several reasons. If you doubt the veracity of any of my reasons, you should do your own research with the COGCC and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment or listen to the tapes of the COGCC Setback Review Stakeholder Group Meetings (February-September 2012).

> Complete endorsement letter to the editor here

The Yellow Scene

Question 300: Probably the most controversial ballot measure of this election (at least locally) is one that will ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) and forbid drillers from disposing of fracking waste within Longmont’s city limits.

Endorsement: Yes. Although passage of this measure will certainly result in more legal headaches for Longmont, fracking is regulated only by the state, with local municipalities left to rely only on land-use regulations and set-backs to mitigate the negative effects of the practice. Communities deserve far more local control over fracking—including an outright ban—considering its potentially serious implications to health and the environment