Guest post by Carl McWilliams
After seeing this photo in the Post Independent newspaper, I emailed a Letter to the Editor and I wanted From the Styx readers to be the first to read it.Now that the oil shale development policies of Garfield County Commissioners Mike Samson, John Martin and Tom Jankovsky have proven to be an “urban myth”; and with the County Commissioners spending $5 million of precious public moneys to improve Four Mile Road; it would be foolish for the citizens of Glenwood Springs and Carbondale to trust that Samson, Martin, and Jankovsky will protect Thompson Divide from natural gas development. Especially considering the amount of campaign contributions Tom Jankovsky has received from energy companies with leases to develop natural gas at Thompson Divide.
Accordingly, I suggest to the citizens of Glenwood Springs and Carbondale that it is time to “push-back” against Samson, Martin, Jankovsky, and the O&G extraction industry by taking aggressive actions forthwith to stop natural gas development of Thompson Divide by implementing the following:
Glenwood Springs and Carbondale are both constitutionally empowered home rule municipalities as memorialized in the Colorado Constitution @ Article XX, Sec. 6, which reads: “The people of each city or town of this state … are hereby vested with, and they shall always have, power to make, amend, add to or replace the charter of said city or town, which shall be its organic law and extend to all its local and municipal matters. Such charter and the ordinances made pursuant thereto in such matters shall supersede within the territorial limits and other jurisdiction of said city or town any law of the state in conflict therewith.”
Therefore, I suggest that the Mayor and City Councils of Glenwood Springs and Carbondale vote to hold a special election asking the citizens of each home rule municipality: “Shall the Home Rule Charter be amended by adding a new article that will prohibit within the territorial limits any and all vehicle transportation of hydraulic fracturing fluids used in the extraction of oil, gas and other hydrocarbons. And also prohibit within the territorial limits the vehicle transportation of solid and liquid wastes created in connection with the hydraulic fracturing process including, but not limited to, flowback or produced waste water and brine?”