Monday, December 10, 2012

UPDATE: Oil and gas vote apparently delayed

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 3:36 PM

We just got word from fracking opponent Laurel Biedermann that City Council has decided to delay a final vote on the oil and gas ordinance until January. Biedermann speculates that the postponement stems from Councilor Tim Leigh changing his vote to "no," and John Flores' petition, described below.

The official vote to delay will take place tomorrow at the Council meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave.

————— ORIGINAL POST, MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2:31 P.M. —————

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At 1 p.m. tomorrow, Colorado Springs City Council takes up the city's oil and gas regulations on second reading. If approved, they'll go into effect in January.

It's possible that Council chambers, at 107 N. Nevada Ave., will be packed like it was two weeks ago, which we reported here.

Since then, Councilor Tim Leigh has announced he'll switch his vote and oppose the new rules, based on his dislike of the idea of drilling close to homes.

Meantime, a local citizen, John Flores, is urging people to sign a petition expressing opposition to fracking, a drilling method that uses water, sand and chemicals to break open rocks to release oil and gas deposits. Here's the message he sent us:

I created a petition on SignOn.org titled "Stop Fracking in Colorado Springs" and at this point (1pm on 10 DEC) I have 1755 signatures — 1614 of which are from Colorado, mostly Colorado Springs. I will deliver it to city council tomorrow and plan to speak at the meeting.

Here is a link to the petition:
http://signon.org/sign/stop-fracking-in-colorado

I think education is the key to this issue and support a ballot issue, as was the case when Longmont banned it...let the people decide if they want this in town.

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