North Suburban Republican Forum

March, 2013
We'll meet on Saturday, March 9th from 9:00-10:30 am at a new location, the Valley Bank & Trust in Brighton. It's located at 4900 East Bromley Lane in Brighton (I-76 & Bromley) right behind Wendy’s. See the map on the next page to see exactly where it’s situated.

Our featured speaker is Geraldine (Jerry) Rasmussen of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association. She’ll explain what “Fracking” is, how it works to benefit our energy needs, and answer your questions.
Admission is only $3 per person and you can pay your 2013 dues of $20. The doors open at 8:30am so come join us and bring a friend or two for a good time with like-minded people. A continental breakfast with donuts, pastries, deviled eggs, fruit, coffee, orange juice, and water is included with your $3 admission.

NSRF upcoming calendar in 2012: April 13 – We’ll hear what’s happening on the Education front from various Board of Education members May 11 – Our local Colorado State Legislators will update us as the current session ends June 8 -- Adams County Commissioner Erik Hansen explains how the new districts for commissioner will work July 13 – Immigration Issues August 10 – RTD and FasTraks update for the North Metro Line September 14 – Local candidates running for Board of Education and City Council October 12 – City Council members updating us on their local issues November 9 – Possible candidates for Governor or U.S. Senate

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This newsletter has a conservative Republican viewpoint. It may or may not reflect the views of the NSRF Board of Directors. It is intended for the thoughtful consideration of our members to inform and educate, and as potential discussion starters.

Table of Contents:
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If you haven’t checked out our web site (, these are the latest articles that have been posted:
  Liberty Tracker Newsletter Issue No. 13-007 Colorado Democrats‟ gun liability plan is wishful thinking 2

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Gun Control for Dummies – It‟s Common Sense In separating gun-control bills, Democrats reveal strategy Colorado Secretary of State‟s Uniform Voting System Advisory Committee Cadman Response to Morse Gun Bill Has Liberalism won in America? Colorado‟s Legislative Scorecard Feb 25 – Mar 1 Who is Responsible For The Sequester? Just the Fracks, Ma‟am Suck It Up Buttercup: Lynn Bartels Blasts Whining Democrats‟ Double Standard on Controversial Rape Comments Colorado: Secret energy lab spawns million dollar government employee Graham Contracting Limited bids on RTD‟s North Metro Rail line Adams County correcting errors in billing Liberty Tracker Newsletter Issue 13-006 ObamaCare and the „29ers‟ Another gun-products maker promises to follow Magpul out of Colorado GOP = Greater Opportunity Party Obama Blame Games Federal Spending Without & With Sequester Cuts Rape comment by Rep. Joe Salazar reaps viral reaction Columbine Survivor Pens Bold Open Letter to Obama Rejecting Gun Control: „Whose Side Are You On?‟ Liberty Tracker Newsletter Issue 13-005.1 Tensions boiling over in Adams 12 School District Colorado Legislator Phone Numbers Report: Colorado‟s public worker pension fund not “fiscally sound” Colorado lawmakers move forward on new gun-control measures Running for office A Quote from Samuel Adams Liberty Tracker Issue: 13-005 Election Day registration is not for Colorado


hydraulic fracturing. Origin: shortening and alteration Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013.


Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of extracting natural grass from shale rock layers deep within the earth. Fracking makes it possible to produce natural gas extraction in shale plays that were once unreachable with conventional technologies. Recent advancements in drilling technology have led to new man-made hydraulic fractures in shale plays that were once not available for exploration. In fact, three dimensional imaging helps scientists determine the precise locations for drilling. Horizontal drilling (along with traditional vertical drilling) allows for the injection of highly pressurized fracking fluids into the shale area. This creates new channels within the rock from which natural gas is extracted at higher than traditional rates. This drilling process can take up to a month, while the drilling teams delve more than a mile into the Earth’s surface. After which, the well is cased with cement to ensure groundwater protection, and the shale is hydraulically fractured with water and other fracking fluids

What chemicals are used in fracking?
It’s often the most hotly debated question in the quest for natural gas. Much of the argument against natural gas drilling – known as fracking – is that the chemicals used during the process could have detrimental effects on the surrounding environment. The chemicals that gas companies use - which can include water, sand, salt, citric acid, benzene or lead, according to a federal report – can be hazardous if not properly isolated and stored. However, state and federal


lawmakers are working to establish a system of rules to regulate the drilling, and most gas and oil companies have said maintaining the environment and preventing leaks are paramount concerns for them as well.

What is in fracking fluid?
“When conducted properly, fracking is a safe and strategic operation that is rapidly expanding the world’s access to natural gas,” said Methanol Institute Executive Director Gregory Dolan on the topic of fracking fluids. “Methanol is a biodegradable chemical and an essential component in the fracking process that for all practical purposes poses no risk.”

What chemicals are used in fracking?
Many people worried about what chemicals are used in fracking cite the potential danger of a hypothetical scenario wherein fluids leaking into the groundwater as the primary reason for their concern. However, there are many misconceptions about what is fracking water and how it is collected and disposed of after it has been pumped into the shale to release natural gas trapped inside.

What is fracking water?
Once the fracturing process is over, the water rises back to the surface, forced upward by the geologic formation’s pressure, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Then, the fluids are stored in pits or tanks to be treated – if the water is to be discharged into surface water – or is injected deep underground. Both options are regulated by EPA departments, and many states are working to revise or create their own laws overseeing gas drilling operations in their areas. A 2004 study from the EPA investigating the environmental impact of disposing what chemicals are used in fracking into coalbed methane production wells found no confirmed cases of drinking water wells’ quality being compromised as a result. “Where fluids are injected, EPA believes that groundwater production, combined with mitigating effects of dilution and dispersion, adsorption, and biodegradation, minimize the possibility that chemicals included in fracturing fluids would adversely affect [underground sources of drinking water],” the study noted.

What is hydraulic fracking?
As The Associated Press reported in August, one Halliburton executive drank a new recipe for hydraulic fracking fluid at a conference by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. The intent was to quash fears about what is hydraulic fracking and the chemicals that are used – Halliburton’s development uses food industry materials – by showing how safe they can be. “The thing I took away is the industry is stepping up to plate and taking these concerns seriously,” Ken Carlson, a Colorado State University environmental engineering professor, told the AP. “Halliburton is showing they can get the same economic benefits or close to that by putting a little effort into reformulating the fluids.”


Types of Shales: Bakken Shale – is a formation of oil deposits that spread across Montana, North Dakota and parts of Saskatchewan. It is estimated that billion s of barrels of oil could be extracted from the shale, and that natural gas is contained within the formation as well. Barnett Shale – is primarily a source natural gas – although it also contains oil – located in North Texas, which houses more than 17,000 wells. Seeking Alpha says the shale is responsible for recreating the natural gas business for North America, and even for Europe and Asia. Eagle Ford Shale – is the deposit of natural gas and oil that spans the south of Texas and the state’s coastline. Unlike other formations, operators equally focus on extracting condensate, crude oil and natural gas liquids, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Haynesville Shale – is East Texas, Southwestern Arkansas and Northern Louisiana’s deposit of natural gas, located more than 10,000 feet below the earth’s surface, according to the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. The DNR said the formation was “once considered too costly to explore,” but the development of hydraulic fracking has opened the region to drilling. Marcellus Shale – lies under the Appalachian Basin, and spreads across New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky. It contains approximately 410 trillion cubic feet of shale gas, according to the EIA.

What is oil fracking?
Oil fracking is the development of an oil field through a process similar to that of fracking for natural gas. The sole difference here, however, stands in the type of fuel being developed. Wells can produce oil only, natural gas only, or both oil and natural gas.

What is fracking water?
Fracking water makes up around 90% of the fracturing fluid used on a daily basis at drilling sites around the United States. All fluids, including fracking water, is recovered and recycled in a closed process. Often this water is reprocessed, however when the fracking water is removed from the system it is disposed of according to federal, state, and local laws.

What is fracking for natural gas?
Fracking for natural gas, as opposed to oil fracking, taps into vast resources around the United States. These resources, or shale plays, are ancient oceans that have formed into very hard shale deposits. Fracking for natural


gas, through recently engineered, and quite advanced technical capabilities, has allowed for the domestic energy industry to estimate shale play holdings in the order of 750 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas.

How to Get Involved in Local Politics
Sometimes it's hard to imagine one person making a difference in this world. A lot of challenges face our society. Some are huge, some are more manageable, but all require the action of at least one person. Start making the world a better place by being that person on the local level. Get involved in local politics and see the world change before your eyes.

1 Participate in town meetings. Mingle with local, state and federal politicians. Learn

about the issues facing your community. Meet others who support the same causes you do. Voice your opinion and see what offices in politics appeal to you.


2 Show your support of the political system by voting in every election. More importantly, bring others to
the polls with you. Talk about the issues with people and inspire them to let their opinions be heard through their votes .


3 Help out at a local political office. It doesn't matter if you are a Republican, Democrat or a member of
the Green Party, all political parties need volunteers. Work one on one with them and learn the political process. Network with others involved in local politics. Get in on the ground floor and learn the ropes. Look into volunteering for organizations who promote causes like the environment, health care, campaign finance or immigration reform .


4 Start your own political organization. Whether it's a local off-shoot of a nationwide campaign or it's
specific to a cause no one has addressed politically, get it going. Involve your friends and family. Have


rallies, fundraisers, seminars or even a bowling night. The idea is to spread your passion for the cause and get others to join you.

5 Start a petition on the Internet. Instead of knocking on doors or stopping people at the mall, get people
involved with an online petition. Involve yourself in online political blogs. Post your opinions and get others to join in with you.


6 Put yourself out there and run for local office. Civic offices come up for re-election all the time. Find a
position you know you could excel in and start your campaign. Call your local political party and ask if there are offices up for election. Take to the streets and let people know you are the person for the job.
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How to Get Involved in the Republican Party
There are a variety of reasons to get involved in the efforts of the Republican Party. You might believe in gun rights, be pro-life, or wish for fewer taxes. Of course, you may simply think that the Democratic Party’s choices for candidates at the presidential, senatorial, or congressional level are not the best choices. There are any number of reasons and issues to get involved with the Republican Party, so when you are ready to join, follow these steps.
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1 Have a valid voter

registration card and if you don’t have one, get one. If you feel strongly about this party and their beliefs, register as a Republican. However you don’t have to register as a Republican if you don't want to. You can register as an NPA, (no party affiliation) as an Independent or even a Democrat.


2 Do as much research as possible on the Republican Party. Make sure that the issues the party

represents are issues that you believe in and that the candidates representing the party are people you hold in high regard.


3 You may wish to support a particular candidate for local government, or state government or you may 4 When you contact the appropriate party office, make sure you have a plan for how you want to be

want to support Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate , or Congress and perhaps even the Republican Party’s presidential candidate. Once you have figured out at what level you wish to participate, contact the appropriate party office and ask how you can get more involved.

involved in the Republican Party. Your involvement could be as simple as making a donation, or you could volunteer your time by handing out literature or manning a phone at a call center. Most people involved in the Republican Party are volunteers. You may wish to become some sort of aid or spokesperson for a particular candidate as well, but these positions are usually staffed by people close to the candidate. These positions usually require some sort of education in politics, law or the media.

5 Joining a Republican state party might be just the ticket for you. You can volunteer to answer phones,
pass out literature, or something as simple as making a donation. This is all that is required to join your state's Republican party. Also, your Republican state party will deal with issues in your state that may be closer to your areas of interest.


6 Join the Republican National Committee. You can go right to their website and enter in your

information (see Resources). Tell them a little bit about yourself and what you would like to do for their organization. You may want to become a volunteer or even take a job with the Republican National Committee.
Read more: How to Get Involved in the Republican Party |




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