I attended the Thornton town hall meeting with interest in the oil and gas regulation( Art X, Chapter 18) on July 25, 2017.
I listened to both sides, having researched the topic prior to the …
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I listened to both sides, having researched the topic prior to the meeting. I am an ordinary homeowner resident who is concerned about the proximity of fossil fuel extraction in or near neighborhoods and schools.
We saw the appalling photo of the exposed, corroded and neglected fuel/drilling pipes piled near one of our neighborhoods since about 2013. We've all heard about the explosions and spills. I was especially concerned that these energy companies DO NOT believe the people's health and welfare is important. They do not have homeowner property values in mind. They value their mineral rights and profits. Also, after hearing the many "not-so-veiled" threats to drain city coffers to defend the city in court, I was truly appalled.
Fossil fuel extraction near populated areas is not worth the risk in my opinion. I would like to thank the Thornton City Council for voting 8-1 in favor of protecting citizens from these unnecessary risks. I applaud their courage (minus the 1 no vote) and will support those who voted to represent the citizens interests and encourage my neighbors to do the same.
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