An Open Letter to the Boulder County Commissioners from East Boulder County United
It has been nearly five years since the pressure of a deeply concerned and mobilized public forced the suspension of oil and gas drilling in Boulder County. From the last well pad drilled on Boulder County open space in August of 2012 until the present, the people have battled in every available political venue to protect our families, our environment, and our basic human and democratic rights. We have been unable to find a moral remedy to an industry that kills people.
Those of us with a long history of defending Boulder County from this industry are not the same community activists we were when this issue created the first grassroots mobilizations across the Front Range. We have learned that the system is designed to protect the industry and its profits and that the dominant political parties and environmental organizations loyal to those parties serve as the system’s mouthpieces. We are not naïve, misled, or defeated.
For five years we have appealed to you for leadership and accountability. We have enacted local, protective laws to defend our families from an industry that is lethal, deceitful, and without a single concern for our lives or wellbeing. We attended community meetings, appealed to our representatives, held peaceful demonstrations, and presented you with every manner of scientific evidence showing fracking’s harms to Boulder County. At the end of all of this, you have decided to cooperate with the courts, the state, and the leaders of your political party rather than with the moral and just demands of the public, our environment, and the global climate. This is not acceptable for anyone who places herself in an office of public trust and responsibility.
Understanding that you have continued to promote fictitious statements about “responsible oil and gas development,” we are forced to issue the following, immediate demands.
1. Enact the Boulder County Climate Bill of Rights and Protections; utilize the pro bono legal defense offered to you by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.
2. End your misrepresentations that attempt to greenwash fracking and its lethal nature. All your regulations cannot make it safe.
3. Join with the public to launch a broad mobilization against all laws, politicians, and political parties that disrespect our environment and our fundamental rights.
4. If you are unwilling for any reason to adopt the Climate Bill of Rights and to join with and defend the public, place the measure to a vote of the Boulder County public and consider resigning to make room for another who is ready to lead in these critical times.
We are the mothers, fathers, workers, grandparents, and community members of Boulder County who see no moral reason to cooperate with the laws and industry that harm us and the rights of Boulder County. We demand a public statement from you immediately on these critical matters. We understand your current role as gravely irresponsible and urge you to join with us. Morality, the environment, and future generations demand that you take a stand. In your absence, we, the people of Boulder County, will make that stand directly ourselves.
East Boulder County United
Boulder County Protectors