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What can Colorado's floods teach us about energy extraction issues?

Last updated:
16 July 2015
Jeanne Simonelli, Co-editor, CAFE
As flood waters rose along Colorado’s front range on September 13th and 14th, those involved with research into energy extraction in the U.S. and elsewhere added concern about Colorado’s burgeoning gas and oil fields to concern over individual lives and homes. During the 2013 Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in Denver last March, we heard representatives from Longmont, Colorado’s activist movement describe how they won a ballot initiative to ban additional hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in that city. With 100 year flood level waters submerging land, oil and gas wells, tanks and pipelines, Longmont friends assessed their losses: