Tag Archives: environment

3 generations of oil and gas contamination

April 17, 2014


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It all began with sickness and then the sick of being sickness. Since last fall my daughter Ema, granddaughter Hailey (age 12), and I have been sick – a lot. Ema actually spent a day in the ER undergoing all sorts of tests. Several thousand dollars later (she was uninsured) the doctors still didn’t know […]

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A “Unified” whomp upside TDC’s head

April 15, 2014


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Guest post by Anita Sherman* Will someone from the Thompson Divide Coalition answer this question: What good is your strategy when the areas around the Thompson Divide wilderness area are drilled, spilled, fracked, and attacked? While the board continues to say, “We have to believe that our legislators are telling the truth and trust their […]

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Jankovsky’s junk science junket

April 11, 2014

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On Tuesday (4/8) GarCo Commissioner Tom Jankovsky was in Wasington DC, testifying before the House Natural Resources Committee in support of proposed reforms to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Rep. Scott Tipton also supports the changes. Jankovsky’s sidekick Rob Roy Ramey II also testified. Ramey is the industry-friendly biologist whom Jankovsky hired to draft an […]

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Support the Hermosa Creek Protection Act

April 2, 2014



At the core of the Hermosa Creek Protection Act flows Hermosa Creek, a tributary of the Animas River and the source of Durango’s drinking water. The area is a popular destination for outdoor recreation enthusiasts because of its breathtaking scenery and close proximity to the City of Durango and the Animas River Valley. After four […]

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We live inside this brown cloud

April 1, 2014

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Last week a friend asked, “So whatever happened with those new air quality regs?” In February, we celebrated our state’s adoption of a strict plan that includes the nation’s first statewide limit on emissions of methane (the chief component of natural gas). When methane is released into the atmosphere it becomes a potent ozone-generating, greenhouse […]

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No joke — BLM extends Thompson Divide leases

March 31, 2014


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  From Peter Hart, Conservation Analyst & Staff Attorney Wilderness Workshop BLM is playing us for fools on this April 1st. We just heard via industry press release, not from the agency itself, that BLM will extend suspensions of the SG and Ursa leases in the Thompson Divide. The fact that industry got advance notice […]

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COGCC report suggests disaster plans

March 18, 2014


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A COGCC staff report released on Monday offers a few suggestions to the oil & gas industry in the way of natural disaster planning in the event of floods, wildfires, and blizzard conditions. But the report stopped short of recommending any new regulations. The report, “Lessons Learned” in the Front Range Flood of September 2013 […]

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Spills on private land go unreported

March 5, 2014


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The COGCC does not maintain a list of landowners with oil & gas activity on their property. Therefore it is left up to the operators to notify the landowners when a spill has occurred. But, no worries. According to the COGCC if you’re a landowner who wasn’t notified about a spill on your property, all […]

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Non-GMO Victory Garden reaches critical mass

February 28, 2014

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Guest post by Carl L. McWilliams Founding Entrepreneur North American Solar Network, PBC (under formation) Earth Keepers, PBC, (under formation) New Castle Town Manager Tom Baker and Post Independent columnist Ross Talbott, are cognizant of specific “solar powered incubator testing” this winter at my home on Silt Mesa. Today I publicly announce to We the […]

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Water quality is a taboo subject

February 24, 2014


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Last week my air quality got all mixed in with my water quality. But, as Bob Arrington would say, what goes up must come down and if there’s chemicals in the air, they’re in the water, too – and vice versa. It all started with something I said at the County Commissioners’ meeting on February […]

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