In this article in The Denver Post just 6 days after the Lafayette election, Mayor Christine Berg gives her thoughts on fracking (turn off the ad blocker in your browser to access the article):
Berg said “frustration is at an all-time high” over drilling throughout the Front Range. She said concerns have been enhanced by the fatal house explosion in Firestone in April that was linked to a severed natural gas pipeline. Controversies over drilling are likely to spill over into next year’s open-seat races for governor and attorney general, she predicted.
Berg pointed to a Colorado Court of Appeals ruling from March that said the protection of public health and the environment as “a condition that must be fulfilled” by the state before oil and gas drilling can be done. “That case is an important one,” she said. “We are not afraid of the lawsuits.”
“We’re going to try to ensure we have strongest regulations possible and push for better leadership on this issue at the state level,” Berg said.
A growing contingency of citizens feel betrayed by Mayor Berg in that she isn’t fighting fracking as they believe she would when they voted for her. It seems from this article that the Mayor’s plan from day one of this election cycle has been to focus on heavier regulations over banning fracking. Does anyone have factual insight on whether this is the case? We do know that the mayor is affiliated with the Environmental Defense Fund which, if anything, would likely endorse moderate regulations as a compromise:
As to the statement, “We are not afraid of the lawsuits.” Do council decisions fit that statement? Please list actions that show insight into this question. Regardless of whether you believe the Mayor’s decision to pursue heavier regulations is the right way to go, do you think she has genuinely considered all possible options to address the fracking problem? What evidence do you draw on when coming to that conclusion?