We are a dedicated group of volunteers, including citizen activists, parents, business owners, civic, school and religious leaders who have come together to request that our governmental officials put into law a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing or fracking in the City of Boulder. We welcome your input and help. Join our effort to prevent fracking in Boulder.
Frack Free Boulder is a founding member of Frack Free Colorado and Protect Our Colorado, a state-wide coalition of more than 25 business, solar, farming, faith, consumer, environmental, grassroots and social justice organizations around the state who oppose the industrial oil and gas extraction process of fracking. The coalition has formed to petition state legislators to ban fracking in Colorado. Click to download the press release distributed January 14, 2012.
Frack Free Boulder strongly supports the Boulder municipalization or “muni” effort. We believe that only through local control of our electricity supply will Boulder be able to research and find alternative sources of non-fracked natural gas, such as feed lots, biomass gasification and sewage treatment plants.
We are committed to speaking up to protect the health and safety of the citizens of Boulder, and the Land, the Water, and the Air (capitals intentional) in our City. Our work is to ensure that those living now and the generations who follow will have an Earth worth inhabiting.
Frack Free Boulder is fortunate to be advised by a team of clean energy experts who provide input on the complex issues surrounding natural gas and electricity production.
Leslie Glustrom is Research Director of Clean Energy Action and co-founder of Ratepayers United of Colorado and Renewables YES! Leslie is trained as a biochemist and has spent over 30 years working at the interface of science and society in a variety of roles, including science writer, policy analyst, college instructor and research lab manager.
“With 16 inspectors, over 48,000 wells and only about 12,000 inspections done a year, many wells go un-inspected for very long periods of time. This is not adequate given the air and water pollution that can accompany fracking.”
- Leslie Glustrom, excerpt from January 14, 2013 letter to Boulder City Council members.
Sam Weaver is a member of the City of Boulder Planning Board and a Technical Advisor to the Boulder muni effort. Sam is also co-founder and CEO of Cool Energy Inc., a Boulder-based power conversion company whose Stirling engine technology captures and converts waste heat exhaust from diesel engines into electricity with no additional carbon emissions.
“I want to see Boulder entirely replace coal with renewables, use only that amount of natural gas that is required to back up our renewables, and eventually (say less than 20 years) replace all that gas with storage, biogas, and conservation/efficiency. No fracking and no gas and no coal – that is the future I am fighting for.”
- Sam Weaver, excerpt from January 14, 2013 email.
Ken Regelson, Technical Advisor to the City of Boulder on the Boulder muni effort, is researching a variety of sources of non-fracked natural gas that could help meet Boulder’s electricity needs. Ken lives and works out of a solar heated and solar electrified home in Boulder and was the 2011 recipient of The Sunny, which honors a person who made the greatest contribution to advancing solar energy in Colorado bestowed by Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association.