Green Nihlsts of the Peoples Republic of Boulder Colorado
The Green Nihlists of Boulder have managed to halt a few permints in Eastern Boulder County, which is on the South/Southwestern edge of the DJ Basin. These are the same Nihlists who think relocating prarie dogs with a vacum truck is to traumatic for the rodents. The Niobrara formation which is where the the oil is in, in the DJ Basin comes right up under the City of Boulder as it meets the mountains. There is quite a bit of Open Space Land in Boulder County that the Nihlist County Government controls the surface rights on but not the water and mineral rights. What they have done is halt access to the surface, where BLM and the Federal Government contols the sub-surface rights. They also decided to take samples around old coal mines which dot the area around Boulder County, there are whole housing developments on top of old coal mines in Boulder County, that those same Green Government Nihlists okayed for development, with lots of cash and campaign contributions flowing their way. Maybe the pot is calling the kettle black, or it just a rouse for the pot to stay out of Federal Prison? Maybe a little of Nihlistic profiteering, mixed with a little Green Campaining, for a dumbed down college town?
might be taking it a bit far with your commentary :)
But, working in the Env. area for decades, I will say people typically think their own activities don't cause much health/env damage (the residential developements in your story)...but consider commercial (corporations) to be greedy and without values. imo...both are quite capable of crpping the env. just fine :)
One thing don't agree with is that Boulder has dumb people...actually the opposite..imo
While I typically disagree with Env. NGO's...I have to admit they push us the righ directions..I even think PETA is OK....as I chow down on some meat.