A compromise between Governor John Hickenlooper and Representative Jared Polis that resulted in two anti-fracking measures being dropped from the November ballot has left environmentalists unsure of their next move in the fight against fracking in Colorado. Energy In Depth reports that “activist infighting” resulted in an op-ed by Thomas Alan Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund that blasts Polis and Food and Water Watch for dropping the anti-fracking initiatives:
“Well that didn’t take long. For all of the grandiose political statements about supporting Colorado communities that have banned oil and gas drilling, the whole house of cards fell overnight,” wrote Linzey.
According to Energy in Depth, “CELDF is best known for backing anti-fracking initiatives and activist organizations in other energy producing states such as Ohio and Illinois. While the organization has not been visibly active in Colorado, the placement of this column may be a sign that they are seeking to add their name to the list of out-of state activist organizations that have a presence in Colorado.
While Colorado is no stranger to national ban-fracking activist organizations, it remains to be seen how one more chef in the kitchen could possibly help them achieve their desired outcome.”