Tag Archives: environment

Parachute Creek spill timeline reconstruction

July 18, 2014

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For the past several months Bob Arrington has deconstructed the official timeline story around the Parachute Creek spill complete with all its odd little foibles and discrepancies. Then he reconstructed it with the advantage of time and some known knowns. What he offers here, in his expert opinion, is a more plausible chain of events. […]

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CHPNY’s Compendium is a fracking indictment

July 14, 2014


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  Reposted with permission from EcoWatch Less than two weeks ago, local communities triumphed over the fracking industry in a precedent-setting case decided by the New York Court of Appeals. The court ruled that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield can use local zoning laws to ban heavy industry, including oil and gas production within municipal borders. […]

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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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Noble Energy trashes Cache La Poudre

July 8, 2014

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and the COGCC let it happen … Guest post by Lee Buchsbaum, Fractivist.org On June 20, Colorado’s Cache La Poudre River—a National Heritage Area, and home to the state’s only naturally self-sustaining wild trout population—was contaminated by more than 7,500 gallons of crude oil, hazardous liquid waste, produced water and other fracking industry chemicals after […]

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Become a citizen scientist!

July 7, 2014


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Get involved! Learn how to become a “citizen-scientist” and protect the quality of our waterways in Garfield County. There are many creeks in the Gas Patch that are not routinely tested for pollutants, so the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, in partnership with River Watch, will be conducting a water test training session. Friday, July 11 […]

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More human testing needed

June 26, 2014


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The health forum was a huge success with well over 100 in attendance. On behalf of me and the entire Tibbetts family, we thank Grand Valley Citizens Alliance and Battlement Mesa Concerned Citizens and everyone who attended what was a very informative public meeting. We also thank Farm Fresh Café for the fabulous supper. Plus […]

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Playing politics with public health

June 24, 2014

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Former state health employees say they were silenced on drilling You know me. I’m not some anti-government wingnut. But when I read stories like this, I could be persuaded. I included a few excerpts from the article but as always, please click through and so you can really feel the full outrage. Two retirees from […]

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Ethylbenzene changes everything

June 10, 2014


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Sounds like the title of a country western song. A couple months have passed since I published the results of our little family study. Lots of folks have expressed concern and wonder how we’re doing. It has been difficult for me to find words to describe the past two months. But I can still hum […]

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Groups oppose Hickenlooper’s local control legislation

June 8, 2014


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Update June 10: Hickenlooper pushes oil and gas compromise bill, says “both sides are furious” Governor’s office drafts bill on drilling issue that could trigger special legislative session DENVER – The Colorado governor’s office confirmed Friday it has drafted a bill that officials hope will be a compromise that would keep the issue of local control […]

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