Tag Archives: environment

Study shows unsafe air quality at oil and gas facilities

October 30, 2014



Colorado is one of five states included in a newly released study of toxic emissions near oil and gas production. Monitoring occurred in Boulder and Weld counties. For this study researchers applied what’s known as “community-based monitoring” method, which is essentially the bucket brigade. Local community residents were trained to collect air samples in buckets, […]

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Bob Arrington speaks out on GarCo birth defects

October 28, 2014

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The focus of the article below in Sunday’s Denver Post is on one midwife’s search for the answer to the question: why are there so many newborn deaths in Vernal, Utah? While it may seem as though Donna Young is the only person in Vernal who cares, there are researchers outside the region who do […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Evidence of another methane seep on West Divide Creek

October 22, 2014


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Guest post by Lisa Bracken* In August, on our property, I noted the emergence of a new seep along the bank and discharging into the waters of West Divide Creek. I’ve been observing it since then and notified the COGCC and others of the activity on the 20th of this month. My correspondence with them […]

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Task force members tour local gaspatch

October 17, 2014



Today the Daily Sentinel reported that three members of Governor Hickenlooper’s task force visited Battlement Mesa and Parachute on Thursday (10/16). Task force co-chair Gwen Lachelt and members Sara Barwinski and Russell George were treated to “a tour that included an Ursa well pad just outside Battlement Mesa and two WPX pads inside the nearby […]

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Oil and Gas Task Force schedule revised

October 15, 2014


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The Oil & Gas Task Force meetings schedule has been revised Oil & Gas Task Force website  At present, these future meetings are scheduled: Longmont (location TBA) on November 20-21 Rifle on December 10-11 Greeley on January 15-16 Denver on February 2-3 Denver on February 24 Click here for the schedule of past meetings and future meetings. […]

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Task force cancels Rifle meeting

October 11, 2014


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Governor Hickenlooper’s and Congressman Jared Polis’s blue ribbon oil & gas task force met in Durango on Thursday and Friday. The only decision they reached is that they will not meet in Rifle on November 5-6, as previously scheduled. The group decided to move to the Front Range to work in communities where fracking was […]

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Fracking just got worse for your health

October 8, 2014


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13th Report on Carcinogens adds four new chemicals to the cancer list – Fracking just got worse for your health* By Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, DC The National Toxicology Program’s Report on Carcinogens – the nation’s authoritative public list of substances “known” or “reasonably anticipated” to cause cancer in humans – added four chemicals, […]

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Battlement Mesa residents alarmed at Ursa’s drilling plans

October 3, 2014


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The Ursa community meeting at Battlement Mesa/Parachute this week was decidedly more contentious than the Silt meeting. On Wednesday night, residents voiced their objections and offered recommendations in person and via written statement regarding the operator’s plans to drill inside the community’s PUD. Ursa plans to construct two well pads within the PUD boundaries. The […]

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Lightning sparked explosion, fire at Encana well pad

October 2, 2014


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Today The Daily Sentinel reported that lightning struck an Encana well pad located in the High Mesa area southwest of Parachute on Saturday, September 27. The lightning strike caused explosions and fires in two separate tanks. The amount of fluids released into the air and spilled onto the ground during the incident remains unclear. According […]

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Task force cites “health” as a priority

September 26, 2014


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It wasn’t all cookies and Kool-aid at Governor Hickenlooper’s and Congressman Jared Polis’s oil & gas task force meeting. Like a refreshing breeze across the gaspatch, La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt opened with the truth. Oil, gas task force kicks off La Plata Commissioner Lachelt would rather have ballot questions … “When I heard […]

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