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Industry group torpedoes Gov’s task force

August 29, 2014

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Once again Western Colorado Congress (WCC) is targeted. This week The Coloradoan published a partial list of the 250+ applicant’s for Governor Hickenlooper’s task force. Click here for the 5-page list. In a move that appears to be designed to undermine Hickenlooper’s blue-ribbon-oil-&-gas-panel-commission-task-force, Energy in Depth – aka Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) – […]

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WSCOGA and WCC feud

August 26, 2014

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Last week COGA’s Doug Flanders said that activists who are concerned about the impacts of drilling and fracking on public health and the environment are “extremists” and they “aren’t tethered to reality.” However before that happened, Dave Ludlam, executive director of the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association (WSCOGA) took on the Western Colorado […]

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End fossil fuel subsidies

August 22, 2014

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This is another installment of news you might have missed. The first one really hits home. Not at Home on the Range: Subsidized Fracking Hits Colorado A general contractor in Colorado’s Grand Valley, Duke Cox says the first time he became aware that drilling for gas might be a problem was back in the early […]

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FracFocus is a fraud

August 19, 2014

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Last week a new report published by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) disclosed that between 2010 and July 2014, diesel was used in fracking operations at 351 wells by 33 different companies. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires a permit when operators intend to use diesel. None of the companies had obtained a permit. Fracking […]

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Dirty diesel drillers

August 14, 2014

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Another study exposes government’s failure to regulate the oil & gas industry with existing rules that are already in place. To the people who said that the ethylbenzene, xylenes, and styrenes in our bodies “could be caused by anything” I say – um, yeah, like DIESEL. Fracking probe finds oil and gas companies illegally injected […]

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Building a People’s Movement

August 11, 2014

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Disillusionment and the Building of a Peoples’ Movement A statement by Cliff Willmeng* and Colorado Community Rights Network After launching nine ballot initiatives and hosting backroom negotiations with Anadarko Petroleum and Governor Hickenlooper, US Congressman Polis and the PR firm representing him settled on two proposed state amendments to advance onto the 2014 ballot. The […]

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Constitutional Chess

August 5, 2014

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A manifesto by Anita Sherman* Carl L. McWilliams and I are the Lead Representative Plaintiffs** in a pending Federal Class Action to dismantle the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). This will be done by legally challenging in Denver Federal District Court, the constitutionality of the 1951 Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Act, as […]

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Clusterfrack

August 5, 2014

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Sometimes it seems like everybody in Colorado is jacked up on ethylbenzene. Nobody’s thinking straight anymore. Or maybe they just smoke too much pot. On Monday I was all set to do a post about ballot initiatives 88 and 89 and how the committee turned in the signatures. I was even invited to the press […]

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WPX announces plan to pollute Rifle’s watershed

July 10, 2014

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Did I say “pollute”? I meant “drill in.” So what’s the difference? What a warm and fuzzy week for Swift and the Beast. First there was this puff piece:  Gas industry, critics weigh environmental practices in Garfield County. Actually that should read “critic” since Anita Sherman was the only “critic” quoted in the article. Perhaps Swift […]

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NY court ruling reverberates in Colorado

July 9, 2014

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A judicial earthquake occurred last week in New York and the aftershocks were felt across the nation’s gasfields. This time the earthquake wasn’t caused by an injection well. On June 30, the NY State Court of Appeals in a 5-2 decision upheld drilling bans in two small communities, Dryden and Middlefield, saying the towns could — as they […]

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