Helen Hankins has also been in the very-uncomfortable glare of public fracking scrutiny, and for a good reason. The Colorado BLM has stirred up a hornet's nest of controversy over the past year proposing fracking in three areas of the state.
By now, it's clear that those of us in the environmental community who held our breath and our vapors over the idea of a President Romney, now are not willing to compromise in the face of environmental disaster.
Over the last few months, democracy has reared its beautiful head in Boulder County, Colorado, where citizens are proving that democracy is about citizens first and foremost, and if bureaucracies don't pay attention, the citizens can seize control.
Fracking, like any truly controversial topic, has developed the tendency to repel stable facts with magnetic force. Finding reputable information is not easy. There is one thing that's agreed upon, however: Fracking is a 100 percent consumptive use.
Historically, most Colorado governors have had a strong environmental ethic. But more and more, Coloradans are asking themselves: When is John Hickenlooper going to understand that we want him to be a strong and effective environmental steward?
Eventually those local moratoriums against fracking will expire, and residents will worry anew about fracking operations inching up on schools and neighborhoods in pursuit of a product that goes "poof" the instant it's used. Nice value -- not.
Some people say that fracking may be a small drop in the bucket of Colorado's overall water supplies, but if these water projects go forward, fracking would certainly contribute to being the last drop in the bucket of Colorado's rivers.