East Boulder County United (EBCU) started in the summer of 2012 building a grassroots campaign against hydraulic fracturing, first a ban within the Lafayette city limits then expanding the ban to the state of Colorado, and then nationwide. We believe hydraulic fracturing and other corporate projects are dangerous in many ways, as is explained in this website, and must be vigorously resisted at all levels by ordinary citizens.
EBCU joined forces with Colorado Community Rights Network (COCRN) to work towards a 2016 state wide citizens lead initiative that protects community rights against any dangerous industrial activity, not just fracking, that poses a threat to our water, air, health, homes, and environment.
We need to do this as quickly as possible because the oil and gas industry, and the financial interests behind them, have been planning this push to rapidly develop their gas plays for years, on an unsuspecting public, and to complete their plans before we have time to politically and legally organize ourselves. Lafayette and Louisville are two neighboring towns, about twenty miles north of Denver, and twelve miles east of Boulder.
We are closely involved with the other communities in the Front Range to ban fracking altogether, which we view as a push by large corporations to make a quick, short term profit while permanently ruining our environment, and sickening, if not killing, its inhabitants from the lethal polluting effects of fracking. We are very alarmed that what has happened in Weld County could well happen here, and wherever the gas companies think they can make a profit. Please join us in our cause, and if you’re not a local, you can learn here how to keep fracking from happening near you.
East Boulder County United and the Colorado Community Rights Network share the mission with the primary focus to educate people and communities about local, community self-governance and community rights; secure the inalienable rights of all people, communities, and ecosystems through local self-governance; assert community rights to empower and liberate communities from state preemption and corporate harm; and advance those efforts toward state and federal constitutional change.
Historical Overview of the EBCU Movement
- Summer 2012 – East Boulder County United forms to begin educating our community about the dangers of fracking.
- Summer/Fall 2013 – November 2013, EBCU and Lafayette residents organize a citizen’s lead initiative gathering over 2000 petition signatures to place a ballot measure that would, if passed, amend Lafayette’s city charter adding a community bill of rights to ban fracking within Lafayette city limits. The community bill of rights protects our rights to clean air, clean water, to be free from chemical trespass, and our right to local self-government.
- Nov 4, 2013 – Lafayette approves citizens initiative where 60% of the electorate vote in favor of the community bill of rights that bans fracking.
- Dec 2013 – Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) sues Lafayette declaring state law, which allows fracking, preempts local laws.
- Aug 2014 – Boulder County District Court rejects Lafayette’s ban on fracking, ruling the ban conflicts with state laws. What COGA and the courts refuse to recognize is that Lafayette’s community bill of rights is so much more than just a ban on fracking.
- June 2014 – EBCU and the citizens of Lafayette file class action lawsuit against COGA and Gov. Hickenlooper to uphold our community rights and enforce our ban on fracking.
EBCU Aligns with Colorado Community Rights Network (COCRN)
- EBCU joined forces with Colorado Community Rights Network to work towards a 2016 state wide citizens lead initiative that will protect our community rights against any dangerous industrial activity, not just fracking, that poses a threat to our water, air, health, homes, and environment.
Join community members in a presentation and discussion on Colorado, fracking and the community rights movement, locally and nationwide. We will cover the state of the Lafayette Community Bill of Rights, the lawsuit against Lafayette by COGA, the people’s class action lawsuit and the state ballot initiative known as the Lafayette Community Rights Amendment. Come with your questions and get ready for 2015. Brought to you by East Boulder County United and the Colorado Community Rights Network.
Please join our organizers and community members for an evening of discussion and ideas on where our movement can build throughout Colorado and how this will translate to national constitutional change. See our calendar for more details.