Monday, June 16, 2014

Fracking in the exurbs

A news story from Colorado today illustrates that fracking, and especially its relationship to exurban communities, continues to be a challenging issue.  From a local Colorado newspaper:

In January, Geri and Steve Nelson moved from Aurora into a brand new home in Erie's Vista Ridge neighborhood, on a choice plot with a backyard overlooking a golf course and several acres of wide open fields.

Two weeks ago, Geri Nelson noticed three trucks and an unusual wire strung along the walking path behind her home. She asked around, and found out 13 oil and gas wells are slated for installation in the untouched greenery that her back porch overlooks.

Now the couple and some of their neighbors, most of whom also moved to Vista Ridge within the last year, are up in arms over a development they fear will dramatically change their quality of life, and which they said they never were warned of prior to buying their new homes.

"We moved into a house thinking we had nice quiet back there," Geri Nelson said. "If houses went in eventually, houses went in eventually. But we never imagined that there would be noise and drilling and lights 24 hours a day. That's a surprise to us."

Read the rest of the story here.  Those interested in the issue will want to keep abreast of the Pace / Yale collaboration on local government and fracking that we highlighted earlier this month.  Read the team's white paper on the subject here.

Stephen R. Miller

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