Afternoon headlines March 14, 2017

The Boulder Valley School District will consider a resolution this evening to Not Allow Field Trips to the soon to open Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge.

LeRoy Moore with the nuclear guardianship program of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Coalition says he is concerned about the health of the children who could potentially visit the site of the former nuclear weapons plant.

“One of the things that the wildlife service does at various wildlife refuges does is to contact schools to invite them to bring their students, so they get large numbers of students to come to their wildlife refuges. We don’t have any objection to students visiting such places but we think it’s not wise for children to go to Rocky Flats where there is contamination in the soil…children should not be exposed to that, they are the most vulnerable of all creatures.”

Several people are expected to testify at tonight’s meeting which starts at 6pm in the Board Room of the Education Center at 6500 East Arapahoe Road.

Today nearly fifty community members met outside Boulder City Hall to rally against fracking in Boulder County.

The Boulder County Commissioners are holding a public hearing this afternoon to get local input about whether they should extend the current moratorium on fracking.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman recently filed a lawsuit against Boulder County. She says the moratorium goes against state law.

But supporters of the moratorium says it is in their legal rights to protect their land, water, and health.

Micah Parkin, the executive director of 350 Colorado, an environmental organization addressing climate change, says that in an arid state like Colorado, it is imperative that residents stand up to protect their water resources.

After today’s hearing, the Boulder County Commissioners will make their final decision about the fracking moratorium extension on March 23rd.




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