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Area residents speak out against fracking in Aurora

Resident declined to be photographed or credited for the sign.
Resident declined to be photographed or credited for the sign.
Photos by Michele Melio

This morning approximately 35 area residents spoke out against hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the City of Aurora at the Aurora Municipal Building.

Signs posted along the street near Aurora Municipal building
Photo by Michele Melio

Citizens began holding signs along Chambers and Alameda Parkway around 9:00 AM this morning to display for passing vehicles. One of these citizens was Susan P. Hall, (susanphall@yahoo.com), who is also running against Representative Jared Polis in U.S. Congressional District 2. She is running against him as the Green Party candidate. She held a sign on clean water versus corporate power.

Sonia Skakich-Scrima was the organizer of the event and told this examiner that the city is currently looking at the monetary costs of the proposed drilling in their city. However, these residents are more concerned about their home values and the safety of their fresh water in the city.

(State GOP lawmakers defeated a bill on February 16th that would have allowed municipalities to regulate oil and gas drilling in their cities and towns here in Colorado.)

According to Scrima, the residents were there today to ask for a six month moratorium on drilling in their city. They were also asking that the city require that the oil and gas industry use non-toxic fracking materials, as is required in Elbert County. She stated that even the well casings used in fracking (Some oil and gas drillers only use well casings for part of the well rather than the entire well) will degrade over time.

The mayor and city councilors convened in city council chambers at 10:00 AM. Citizens were asked by city police officers, that although their signs were allowed in the foyer for photographs earlier, they were not allowed in the chamber. Participants placed signs outside the building and entered the chamber for their public comments.

Want to learn more about hydraulic fracturing in Colorado? http://www.examiner.com/green-initiative-in-denver/fracking-and-our-water

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