Q&A with Citizens Opposed to Fracking
In this question and answer session, environmental attorney Thomas Linzey speaks with citizens of Fort Collins and surrounding Colorado communities who oppose hydraulic fracturing. He says social change happens through confrontation and movement building, which means doing more than just appealing polluters’ permits. The goal, says Linzey, is enacting and implementing environmental law. A “seat at the table” is not enough. He offers guidance about each available method, from banning all fracking or passing a moratorium, to establishing local decision-making authority and codifying the rights of nature. He also explains why Move to Amend and other related efforts are not the approach favored by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. This raw field recording is not for broadcast, but its loaded with information and analysis. Some language may be considered objectionable.
Thomas Linzey is co-founder and executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and serves as its chief legal counsel. He is the author of Be the Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Mother Jones, and The Nation.
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