Tonight the people of Broomfield can celebrate alongside community leaders and environmental advocates! A local judge has upheld the validity of the November election in Broomfield county and therefore the five year fracking moratorium is upheld! The exciting news is considered a victory for the anti-fracking community and also a victory in the arena of citizen land-rights.
Judge Melonakis announced his decision today, Thursday, February 27th. According to the Daily Camera: “In his decision, he said Broomfield acted in good faith when conducting the election and that the results should not be tossed out.” YES!
It is so heartening to see this judge uphold the democratic rights of the people of a Colorado community instead of easily siding with the lucrative special interest groups that lobby on behalf of oil and gas. Perhaps democracy really does have a fighting chance. Plutocracy and oligarchy didn’t win this one. The people of Broomfield won this one! Congratulations to the city of Broomfield for successfully fighting special interests and legally banning fracking for 5 years!
The protracted battle being waged in Broomfield over the community’s embattled election results on a fracking-ban could conclude very soon. Now a judge has the complete power to toss out the fracking ban. It saddens me that a decision that should have belonged to the community of Broomfield now rests entirely in the hands of one man. But that is what has happened after this very close and very disputed election in Broomfield in November 2013.
At least soon there will be a decision to bring clarity to the outcome of the November 5 election, which has been mired in controversy and court hearings for over three months now.
The two day trial wrapped up on Tuesday February 25th. According to the Daily Camera: “The trial is the result of a challenge to the election brought by pro-fracking group Broomfield Balanced Energy Coalition and Tom Cave, a member of pro-fracking group It’s Our Broomfield, Too. Plaintiffs in the election challenge case want Melonakis to declare Question 300 that did not pass because of numerous election flaws. Broomfield, which wants the judge to declare that the election results are valid, said the razor-thin outcome was the result of a close election, not flaws in the election.”
No one knows when Judge Melonakis will issue his ruling on the trial. Also it is unknown if the judge has the authority to call for another election to settle this matter once and for all.
This story is developing. . . Stay tuned to NEVER POLITICS for all the updates on this story!