Anti-fracking activists invade Colorado


COLORADO SPRINGS, April 6, 2014 — Fracking is becoming a hot topic in Colorado. Despite the total lack of scientific evidence, anti-fracking activists, known as “Fracktivists,” are trying to stop the production of oil and gas in Colorado. An initiative to that effect may be on the November 2014 ballot. In the process, they reveal their irrational agenda. Such is the case on rural Elbert County, northeast of El Paso County and Colorado Springs.

In a Colorado Springs parking lot a new Volvo all-wheel drive XC-70—itself no symbol of fuel efficiency starting at $35,400 and rated at 18 miles per gallon sports a Fracktivist bumper sticker.

There is no indication that this vehicle is powered by wind or solar or even lead-based electric batteries charged from alternative energy sources. Alas, it seems to be yet another carbon-belching regular old car. Where do they imagine the gas came from?

The license plate frame proclaims where the fractivist comes from: Washington State. A west coast liberal invading rural, conservative Colorado.

In the November 2013 election fracking bans were passed in Boulder, Lafayette, and Ft. Collins, Colorado—largely symbolic. It did make fracktivists feel good about themselves, as though on a moral crusade.

They have not earned nor do they deserve the aura of moral superiority them claim.

As the independent movie Fracknation proves, the process of fracking has been around since the late 1940s and when performed properly, is perfectly safe for the environment. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell even said so last week in Congressional testimony.


“There’s nothing inherently dangerous in fracking that sound engineering practices can’t accomplish,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy told the Boston Globe. With no objections from the Obama administration, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is pro-fracking as well.

Hydraulic fracturing occurs hundreds of feet, even miles, below ground water level. It is perfectly safe. It produces the kind of energy needed for a 21st century economy. The use of windmills for energy production touted by these backwards-looking radical environmentalists was superseded hundreds of years ago.

It’s time to stop tilting at windmills and start looking toward the future.

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  • tree6hugger .

    Fracking is not about energy, it’s about money. If you don’t know that by now you need to go back to political science school.

    • Tim Kern

      If you think it through, you’ll understand that the two are largely interchangable. Cheaper energy means more money for the producer, and more money left over in the pocket of the consumer, to spend on other things. Example: if you had to spend less on heating your house, you could buy more rubber duckies for your bathtub.

  • jillyjolly

    It is about money, you’re right, but not the way you’re looking at it. The more the oil and gas companies can get out of our ground the less we have to buy from OPEC and other nations that sell to us. Hence the lower the price. If you are actually interested in becoming educated in fracking then the oil companies are now inviting groups to their rigs to actually see the process and storage of VOC’s. State regs are very stringent as are the additional MOU’s that the counties are able to apply to the applications during negotiations. Some counties benefit not only by increasing their monies being received for the drilling in the county (hence more money to improve the counties, Elbert, in which Ms. Duvall comes from, one of the neediest) but they also improve the roads that they will be using. Amazing how all this is about money.
    Let’s take away ALL the amenities that petroleum products give you in your daily life and see how you like the meager existence that you will have. Walk the walk or get out of the game.

    • 3C

      You do know that much of US gas leases are owned by multinational foreign companies and that US companies do business with OPEC, Russia and others. They have done so for years.Take a look at Haliburton’s website for one. Oh it’s all about the money.
      I am aware of the industry tours to cherry picked frack sites. We have had many impacts in my community and surrounding counties. Our PA DEP regs are not stringent. ACT 13 was written to benefit the industry. We are the only state that does not charge a severance tax thus receiving 1/2 of what we should be. Only 5% of petrochemicals are for all non-energy use, includes agriculture not just manufacturing. No need to export a finite resource to other countries while we endure the negative impacts to our health, safety and environment.

      • 3C

        “when performed properly” but many times this hasn’t been the case.

      • Cliff Willmeng

        Yea, they are going to export it to make as much money as possible, peg the price to the world commodity markets, raise your gas bill, and take all of that cash and deposit it in their offshore accounts. What they are drilling for is money, and its being siphoned from the American public.

  • JakesLariat

    This is clearly an opinion story with no facts.
    Written by an ignorant right wing nut job from Colorado.

  • TinaMc.

    What a load. You, Sir, are pro-poisoning the people and our environment, but not in your backyard, for sure.

  • Glenn E. Sohm

    C’mon! You know as well as anyone in the oil and gas business that all wells eventually fail. Maybe you or I won’t be around to deal with failed well caps, but someone will.

  • Steve Davidson

    There will always be radical activists irrationally opposing fossil fuels, even when the fight causes more harm than good and increases the very pollution they wish to reduce. Lets hope clear thinking prevails in the long run.