Republicans put the brakes on a proposed ban at controversial city council session
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s not clear exactly why energy development has become a partisan political issue, but Colorado Republicans once demonstrated their extraordinary lack of sensitivity to environmental values, as three GOP members of the Fort Collins City Council reversed their anti-fracking vote of several weeks ago.
With one council member absent, a three-three tie vote meant that a proposed ban on fracking in the city won’t be enacted. Environmental activists charged that the Republicans were taking advantage of the absence of progressive city council member Gerry Horak to undo what just a short time ago seemed like a done deal.
“This vote is a gross violation of Fort Collins’ values,” said Gary Wockner, of Clean Water Action. “Now we are not just fighting the oil and gas industry, we are fighting City Hall.”
Clean Water Action helped support massive public input 2 weeks ago when, on first reading of the moratorium ordinance, over 250 people sent in comments to the Council and 25 people testified in support of the moratorium.
“Mayor Weitkunat’s vote against the moratorium is sickening,” continued Wockner. “She voted to let Fort Collins get fracked thus endangering Fort Collins’ health, environment, property values, and democracy.”
Conservatives Karen Weitkunat, Wade Troxell, and Aislinn Kottwitz voted against the moratorium.
Drillers and frackers can now submit applications to drill and frack Fort Collins with virtually no land use or planning regulations in place to protect homeowners and the environment.