by Gary Wockner
Clean Water Action has been heavily engaged in drilling and fracking issues here in Colorado. We’ve been knocking on doors in the Denver Metro area for the past 2 months, educating communities about drilling and fracking activity close to their homes and schools and on our public lands in Western Colorado. We’ve knocked on over 8,000 doors and gathered over 800 postcards and letters to Congressman Mike Coffman from his constituents in the outer ring of suburbs on the south and east sides of Denver.
Clean Water Action & CD6 constituents visit Rep. Coffman’s office.
On Tuesday, July 3rd, Clean Water Action and three Congressional District 6 constituents delivered the postcards to Congressman Coffman’s office and sat down with his District Director, Andy Merritt, to discuss the Congressman’s environmental voting record and the postcard requests from hundreds of his constituents.
First, the postcards ask Congressman Coffman to 1) “Protect our neighborhoods and public lands from the impacts of oil and gas drilling.” Mr. Merritt’s response to this request was to say that Congressman Coffman believes that drilling and fracking regulations are better left to the State and local governments and that the federal government should not be involved.
When asked about the federal government’s role on public lands in Western Colorado, Mr. Merritt said he was not sure on the Congressman’s position. However Congressman Coffman has publicly stated that he opposes the Department of Interior and the EPA’s attempts to regulate drilling and fracking on Colorado’s public lands. Mr. Merritt also said that Congressman Coffman believes that natural gas burns cleaner than coal and that natural gas is a “bridge fuel.” Read the rest of this entry »