Lafayette could be bankrupted by oil and gas lawsuits if we take a stand against fracking. What would you need to see in order for the council to risk lawsuits to fight fracking?

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03-05-2018 TOWN COUNCIL MEETING CONSULTING ATTORNEY RE FIGHTING FRACKING

Part of the impromptu anti-fracking rally that happened when the council convened to interview the guest speaker is shown before the meeting starts at 23:00 minutes

Meeting continued

These two videos show the March 5, 2018, city council meeting where guest speaker Tomas Linzey, Esq. answered questions put to him by Lafayette’ns after the council interviewed him behind closed doors. Thomas LInzey, Esq., is from Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. This organization has a decades-long history of representing municipalities across the country against corporations perceived by locals as a threat to their health and environment. His firm has offered to represent Lafayette for free if the town decides to take a stand and ban fracking within its borders based on the Climate Bill of Rights ordinance. However, the town will be responsible for damages from oil and gas lawsuits, which are guaranteed if the town takes a stand.

This video series was posted on Facebook by East Boulder County United.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST THE ACTUAL MEETING TO THE EDITORIAL WRITTEN ABOUT IT BY OIL AND GAS

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QUESTION TO OUR MEMBERS
After reviewing the above contrasting views and materials, please leave your thoughts. What would you need to see before thinking that it is the right decision to risk lawsuits to fight fracking? Fighting fracking could be heavy regulations or asking for a complete ban or something else no one has thought of that would lead to being sued.

No personal attacks are permitted. Be thoughtful. Explain your logic, provide facts where applicable, and try and understand where parties to this issue are coming from. Remember all of our members want our city to thrive and every post is an opportunity to learn more and grow together.


AN 18-WELL FRACKING MEGAPAD IS ON ERIE PLANNING DOCUMENTS FOR LAFAYETTE'S BORDER