Joshua Ruschhaupt, Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter Director, 303-454-3362, firstname.lastname@example.org. Mark Westlund, Sierra Club, 415-977-5719, email@example.com
Denver – Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter Director Joshua Ruschhaupt statement on the Hickenlooper/Polis deal:
“The Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter had endorsed Congressman Polis' initiatives to limit fracking prior to today's announcement by Governor Hickenlooper and Representative Polis. Many Sierra Club members and supporters were directly collecting signatures for initiatives 88 and 89.
The Sierra Club continues to stand behind Colorado communities and their right to regulate, zone, or ban fracking altogether. Public and environmental wellbeing should always come before the interests of the oil and gas industry.
The Sierra Club is currently reviewing the proposed "deal," and was not involved in negotiating it or asking Polis to drop his initiatives. If a stakeholder group is going to make legislative recommendations on oil and gas industry regulations, these recommendations must include protecting human health, safety, and welfare, as well as public lands and endangered species.
We hope that oil and gas regulatory agencies and all stakeholder groups, including the one proposed, are transparent and open to public input and review. Bias that fosters an inherently damaging industry is not acceptable.”