BOULDER, Colo. — Dozens of furious protesters greeted Boulder Congressman Jared Polis at a town hall meeting Tuesday evening.
The protesters demanded answers from Polis who recently signed onto a compromise with Gov. John Hickenlooper to form a commission that will look at the locations of oil and natural gas drilling in Colorado.
Polis had gathered nearly 300,000 signatures for two petitions about fracking that were dropped as part of the compromise.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera, the protesters said they felt outraged that Polis would abandon the two petitions.
“He’s been very good, and that’s why this is very shocking,” said Josh Fox. “It’s a betrayal of the democratic process. That’s clear.”
For his party, Polis has said he hopes to gather anti-fracking followers as “friends” of the compromise.
“This is an issue that my constituents and I feel passionately about because it’s an issue that defines the quality of life in our state,” Polis told the newspaper. “I think that there will be broad support for moving forward with protecting homeowners and defending communities from fracking too close to homes.