The Pratt Temporary Completions Area, October 2017

Put simply, my position on unconventional oil & gas exploration is that it is incompatible with residential development; we must put an end to residential drilling.

When I engage residents, other elected officials, and media representatives on the topic of oil & gas, I often find myself returning to several statements:

  • The practice of hydraulic fracturing will come to an end when we as a society come to understand its true cost. For the sake of my children and our community, my goal is to further our collective understanding of these costs.
  • If we only treated unconventional oil & gas exploration like we do every other industry, the practice of residential drilling would cease to exist.

I believe in a just transition from fossil fuels to carbon-free renewables; I’ll vigorously support programs that ensure the workers that have given so much to heat our homes, fuel our cars, and ensure our energy independence can transfer their skills to other industries.

Senator Bernie Sanders said it well, in the press release that introduced H.R. 5867, the Ban Fracking Act:

“We must realize that workers in the fracking fields are not the enemy, coal miners are not the enemy, and oil rig workers are not the enemy. Climate change is the enemy. As we transition to 100% renewable energy, we must come together to ensure a just transition for all fossil fuel workers,” said Sanders. “Fracking is a danger to our water supply. It’s a danger to the air we breathe, it has resulted in more earthquakes, and it’s highly explosive. To top it all off, it’s contributing to climate change. If we are serious about clean air and drinking water, if we are serious about combating climate change, the only safe and sane way to move forward is to ban fracking nationwide.”