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Thursday, October 17,2013

Election Guide 2013: Yes on Boulder Ballot Question 2H

By Boulder Weekly Staff

City of Boulder Ballot Question 2H
Oil and Gas Exploration Moratorium Extension

Vote Yes

Question 2H asks voters to extend an existing moratorium on new oil and gas exploration for five years. Yes, it’s time for the F-word. Fracking. That’s the catchy, ugly term for hydraulic fracturing that is sometimes misused to describe all processes associated with oil and gas operations. Actually, fracking refers only to the act of shooting a cocktail of water, sand and chemicals into a well to create tiny fractures in the formation, increasing yield. And unfortunately, fracking is blamed for some negative health and environmental impacts that are actually affiliated with other processes in the oil and gas operation, like drilling and the disposal of produced water.

Unless this is the first time you’ve picked up Boulder Weekly in a couple of years, you can probably guess where we are coming down on fracking bans in this election. This five-year moratorium, while a bit long as far as moratoria go, is needed to allow the science — and our publicly elected policymakers — to catch up with the possible deleterious effects associated with oil and gas exploration, from air and water pollution to massive drains on our water supply to earthquakes caused by injecting wastewater into the earth.

Five years from now, several key studies — including a $12 million one at the University of Colorado funded by the National Science Foundation — will be completed, and we’ll know a lot more about whether the risks associated with practices like fracking are worth the gain. We’ll be voting for 2H.

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As some one who IS reading Boulder Weekly for the first time, I found this article on this important issue as vauge as the proposal as it stands. The most I can make out of this is that by voting yes, we are agreeing to the postponing of making a decision on fraking for five years. However the ammendment itself talks about several prohibitions regarding fraking. I would have expected there to be clearer detail of what those prohibtions are and what they mean for the community at large. All I see here is a shrug and a "smeh, vote yes. That's how we're votin'!"

 

 
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