Prisoners of ROAR

Longmont has seen some classic fearmongering campaigns from liberal activists in recent years – the assaults against LifeBridge, HeavenFest, and Airport Runway Extension to name a few –  but the latest anti-fracking paranoia from ROAR (Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas Regulation) has sunk to the point of out bottom-feeding them all.

ROAR is now promoting an online petition to extend a moratorium which will have already been in place for six months in Longmont come June, and they have a suggested letter for citizens to send to City Council.

In the interest of our fair city, we thought we’d assist ROAR with an edited version of what level-headed citizens of Longmont need to say to City Council…

ROAR’s version:
Dear Mayor and City Council,
It benefits everyone in our community for the Moratorium to be extended to October 12, 2012, a risk
free option as pointed out by our City Attorney,  http://youtu.be/fQvKhiw3jjM.  This will allow us to
evaluate the recommended regulations so that we can all be sure that they protect the health, safety
and well-being of Longmont citizens and the vision of the city of Longmont to the fullest extent
possible.  It will also give us more time to work at the state level with our legislators as well as
the COGCC as you all recommended, as well as more time to evaluate the regulations drafted from other cities in Colorado that also have imposed moratoriums.  Thank you.

Common sense version:
Dear Mayor and City Council,
It benefits no one in our community for the Moratorium to be extended to October 12, 2012, a foolish
option as pointed out in a newspaper opinion by our neighboring Mayor of Firestone, Chad Auer:  Carbon Valley Voices: Winning our resource future.   This will dis-allow us from wasting time on evaluating the perfectly legitimate recommended regulations so that we can all be sure that the ROAR fearmongering over protecting the health, safety and well-being of Longmont citizens can be halted to the fullest extent possible.  It will in turn give us more time to work at the state level with our legislators as well as the COGCC – as Mayor Auer suggested – so that when a community enacts a moratorium, there should also be a moratorium on their receipt of oil & gas severance tax revenues.  Thank you.

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