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It's not just "environmentalists" alarmed about fracking--it is people across the ideological spectrum

Amy Mall

Posted March 13, 2012

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As oil and gas production continues to expand by leaps and bounds across the country, more and more people are concerned about the threats to human health and the environment. New organizations are cropping up every place, and their members are not necessarily people who would describe themselves as environmentalists or liberals. Some of these individuals are politically conservative and may even be very supportive of the oil and gas industry or be mineral owners.

For example, a homeowner in Texas stated: "I'm a drill here, drill now, kind of guy, but I want them to do it responsibly and respect property owners." A welder in Colorado stated: "I understand there has to be industry, and I don’t mind the industry being oil and gas or drilling. I in fact support it, but there’s got to be a better way to protect ourselves--a better way of doing the process.”  Quotes like these are cropping up all over the place.

In Colorado, 18 organizations just released information on the number of oil and gas-related spills in Colorado each year. According to these organizations, in 2010 and 2011, there were nearly 500 spills per year. That is a frightening number, and newsworthy.

What is also newsworthy is that 16 of the 18 organizations releasing this information are not environmental groups. They include: Commerce City Unity NOW, Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest GroupLongmont Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas RegulationErie Rising, Citizens for Huerfano CountySouth Park CoalitionWhat the Frack?!, Coloradoans for Fair Rates and Clean EnergyCitizens for a Healthy Community, Renewable Communities AllianceRoutt County Frack, Be The Change, Rifle-Silt-Peach Valley-New Castle Coalition, and Frack-files.

As the oil and gas industry continues to expand into backyards and schoolyards across the country, leaving in its wake poisoned air, spills, contaminated groundwater, and more, an increasing number of Americans from all along the ideological spectrum will be raising their voices together in opposition to shoddy practices, insufficient rules, and lax enforcement.

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Ceal SmithMar 13 2012 04:37 PM

Thank you Amy, we agree that the grassroots origin of this new uprising is very significant! It's worth noting that 14 of the 18 groups you listed have formed a new alliance: Coalition for a Clean Colorado. It's time the grassroots had its own voice. More at:

Be GreenMar 14 2012 10:09 AM

Not so surprising that conservatives and the "pro-drilling"crowd are alarmed - it's a case of the NIMBY syndrome. They like drilling and cheap oil, but not at the expense of their interests.

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