Lepore goes all anti-frackinator on our asses

COGCC Executive Director Matt Lepore -- a man of the people

COGCC Executive Director Matt Lepore stands with the people [Denver Business Journal]

Fracking critics scaring public, driving up home heating costs, say energy summit speakers

LOVELAND — Colorado’s chief oil and gas regulator said critics of fracking and public officials trying to regulate the energy industry are working hard to drive up the cost of home heating and cooling.

When residents “storm city hall and demand you protect their health, safety and welfare armed with misinformation,” they fail to draw a connection between a ban on fracking and the cost of natural gas, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director Matt Lepore said Tuesday, speaking at the Northern Colorado Energy Summit.

If you look at the demographics of anti-fracking activists, he said, they are generally affluent enough not to be concerned with the cost of home heating and cooling, he said.

“A ban on fracking is really a ban on drilling,” he said. “A ban on fracking means an increase in coal use to generate electricity. It means an increase in local costs of electricity.”

Ohmigod. He’s so right. And here’s proof. Those anti-fracking fracktivists have yet to block one permit or stop any drilling or fracking anywhere in the state and they’ve already caused a hefty increase in natural gas prices for home heating and cooling:  Rising price of natural gas puts pressure on Xcel customer bills.

Wow. They must be really powerful. Just by organizing communities and speaking out against fracking they can drive up consumer natural gas prices — by almost 6%!

Who are these people?

According to Lepore, the anti-fracking activists are affluent and are not concerned about the cost of heating and cooling their homes. That means they don’t pay much attention to the utility bills for their big affluent homes. That means their homes must be outfitted with solar panels. That means the utility company probably pays them for energy. That means they don’t care if the middle-class and working poor have to pay higher prices for natural gas. That means these affluent people don’t care about people like you and me.

Imagine jobs and lower natural gas prices

Imagine lower natural gas prices — and jobs

Anti-fracking activists are affluent people. Affluent people are anti-fracking fracktivists. Remember the photo of those affluent Boulder people at the anti-fracking demonstration in affluent Aspen.

Take a good, hard look at these affluent people. See what Lepore means? They don’t care about people like you and me.

Aspen frack protestThat means all the rest of us – middle class, upper-middle class, lower middle-class, retired, working poor, non-working poor, unemployed, stay-at-home moms, stay-at-home dads, traveling businessmen, students, politicians, homeless, alcoholics, drug addicts, bloggers – who are living in the middle of the gas patch and are worried about the impacts to our air and water and health, surrounded by empty houses and declining home values; all along we’ve been duped by the rich.

I feel so foolish. After all, everybody knows rich people are just like big corporations. They will go to extreme measures to control the outcome.

So, you know what this means.

keep-calm-and-frack-on-2It  means we need to stop all this anti-frack-tivating all over the place and just accept that air pollution, groundwater contamination, and the degradation of public health are part of the New Third World Order. If we come to our senses in time — and I mean don’t even THINK about banning fracking — then maybe, just maybe, if we stop blindly following the rich like sheep, the cost of heating and cooling our homes will magically go down. And we will all live happily ever after.

Nobody wants to end up like those affluent anti-fracking activists. What a bunch of losers. Real people drink the fracking fluid.

Fracking detractors are trying to “scare the crap out of everybody with the wrong facts and making things up,” said Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer, who was moderating the discussion between Lepore and Anadarko regulatory affairs manager Brad Miller.

“They’re out there saying all sorts of things about how it’s contaminating the groundwater, and, you know, that’s not true,” Kirkmeyer said …

Of course not. The groundwater contamination from the Parachute Creek spill, and the West Divide Creek seep, and the Suncor spill in Sand Creek, and Pavillion, Wyoming, and Dish, Texas, and Dimmock, Pennsylvania … none of that was caused by fracking.

Probably those affluent anti-fracking fracktivists again. They just frack-bricated all that stuff. Take it from the oil & gas industry. They know how much money it takes to frack with the facts.

When asked by a member of the audience whether the oil and gas industry should work with local school districts to educate kids about the value of oil and gas as a way to boost industry public relations, both Miller and Kirkmeyer said such plans are already underway.

“We have to educate the youth and start there, and we also have to educate the general public as well,” [Anadarko regulatory affairs manager Brad Miller] said. “Both of those programs need to start now. The industry is starting that.”

Brilliant. Frack with the kids. Let’s face it, fracking is a really cool word cuz it sounds like another word they can’t say in front of the parents. But Mom and Dad just laugh when the kids say “frack this” or “fracking that.” Fracking is good, clean family fun.

And speaking of scaring the crap out of our youth, in Colorado, 9.1% of children have asthma, higher than the national average of 8.9%. If the industry is as smart as they think they are, they will take advantage of that while educating the kids.

asthma kidIntroducing Arthur the Asthmatic. Don’t tell him he’s sick or he’ll frack you up. Asthma is where it’s at. Clean air and safe drinking water are for sissies. Bottled water and inhalers are fracking cool. Not only that, his mom and dad save a bundle on home heating and cooling costs – almost enough to pay his medical bills.

Here’s another one for Lepore, the frackinator. Get a load of this rich, wacky frack-tivist dude out there scaring the crap out of real people who are concerned about the cost of home heating and cooling. Only affluent people buy into that climate change clap-trap.

Former Mobil VP Warns of Fracking and Climate Change

… Both the horizontal drilling and fracturing have been around for a long time. The industry will tell you this over and over again – they’ve been around for 60 years, things like that. That is correct. What’s different is the volume of fracking fluids and the volume of flow-back that occurs in these wells. It is 50 to 100 times more than what was used in the conventional wells.

The other [difference] is that the rock above the target zone is not necessarily impervious the way it was in the conventional wells. And to me that last point is at least as big as the volume. The industry will tell you that the mile or two between the zone that’s being fracked is not going to let anything come up.

But there are already cases where the methane gas has made it up into the aquifers and atmosphere. Sometimes through old well bores, sometimes through natural fissures in the rock. What we don’t know is just how much gas is going to come up over time. It’s a point most people haven’t gotten. It’s not just what’s happening today. We’re opening up channels for the gas to creep up to the surface and into the atmosphere. And methane is a much more potent greenhouse gas in the short term – less than 100 years – than carbon dioxide …

All we want is the truth … Just give us some truth …

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3 Comments on “Lepore goes all anti-frackinator on our asses”

  1. Anita Sherman (@MomMakingChange) Says:

    Where’s the amendment that moved governing authority from the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners – established by the Colorado Constitution Convention in 1876 – to COGCC?

  2. Shane Says:

    Excellent!!

    My response to Matt Lepore

    Dear Matt Lepore:

    In a recent article: http://durangoherald.com/article/20130719/NEWS01/130719493/Commission-director-apologizes-to-fracking-critics-

    (Lepore originally made the statement at an energy summit in Loveland this week. According to The (Fort Collins) Coloradoan, Lepore said that residents who “storm city hall and demand you protect their health, safety and welfare” fail to connect how banning fracking would affect natural-gas prices.)

    Although I appreciate you ‘backtracking,’ your comment has struck a sour note with citizens statewide. Indicating that the price of natural gas is worth far more than the price of our inalienable Civil & Constitutional Rights is reprehensible. The people of Colorado and other ‘fracked’ states are continuously struggling to protect themselves from the harmful adverse impacts the largely unregulated oil and gas industry imposes on our ways of life. The COGCC appears to have only succeeded at one element of its mission statement to: ‘protect correlative rights of mineral owners and that of the oil and gas industry.’ Please understand that the price of natural gas will never increase when a single city bans fracking. Such statements are merely scare tactics that are absent of reality.

    If you are unaware of the urgency, let the citizens inform you that ‘storming a public place’ operated by tax payers dollars to demand that our health and safety be protected is essential and a Constitutional Right. It’s the nature of not being listened to in a meaningful, humane and civil way. Our rights to safety and protection have been taken away from us via federal oil & gas exemptions.

    Reminder: I had >75 active wells within a 1 mile radius of my house in Firestone. I lived in hell for two years there. I had a bloody nose for nearly 1.5 years, migraine headaches, GI problems, burning eyes and throat and other issues. I’ve since moved far away and my symptoms have subsided greatly or altogether. Anecdotal physical symptoms from living that close to hundreds of tons of endocrine disrupting and carcinogenic chemicals is a real, factual observation, not anecdotal. You have never experienced it, so please have decency and humility to those who cannot move and are being willfully poisoned by the industry’s exemptions and mishaps.

    Being that you are paid by our tax dollars, it’s unbecoming of an officer to make such biased statements as you did. You cannot erase it. If you would like to meet sometime to better understand the failures of the COGCC’s past to ensure a better, more well protected future, I am available. We can only succeed when we know our failures.

    Wealth over health is the wrong way to operate and it’s inhumane.

    Thank You,

    Shane Davis

  3. Peggy Tibbetts Says:

    Shane, thanks for the link. Interesting apology from Lepore. Rings about as hollow as his idiotic comments, which I did not find insulting btw. I thought he was hilarious. He should take that show on the road. I hear the industry is looking to fund a new dog & pony show.

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