September 1, 2015

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A Call to Action

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Guest post by Fiona Lloyd RSPN organizer and Silt Mesa resident For background on this story read: Ursa moves to drill 53 wells in Battlement Mesa BCC Community Meeting was held on Monday night at the fire station and was extremely well attended. Over 150 people showed up, the parking spilling over to line the […]

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August 28, 2015

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EPA wasn’t looking for water pollution and found it anyway

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Citing spills as a major source of drinking water contamination, today Earthworks submitted 3 pages of comments on EPA’s study of potential effects of fracking on drinking water. Earthworks’ Executive Director Jennifer Krill said in a statement: “In its June study on fracking’s impacts on water, EPA cited more than 140 waste spills alone that […]

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August 28, 2015

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EDCs released during UOG operations could harm human development and reproduction

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A new review Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Oil and Natural Gas Operations: Potential Environmental Contamination and Recommendations to Assess Complex Environmental Mixtures was published in Environmental Health Perspectives on August 27. Humans may be harmed by endocrine disrupting chemicals released during natural gas mining Scientists recommend process to examine total endocrine disrupting activity from exposure […]

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August 27, 2015

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U.S. needs to keep the ban on crude oil exports

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8/28/15 Breaking news: After Menendez Clarifies Support of Crude Oil Export Ban, Allied Progress Declares Victory Members of the House of Representatives  could vote on legislation to allow U.S. crude oil exports as soon as September. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said repealing the crude oil export ban will be a high priority once […]

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August 26, 2015

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August 31 public meeting on residential drilling in Battlement Mesa

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Battlement Mesa plan set for review; citizens preparing A proposal by Ursa Resources to drill some 53 wells in the unincorporated community of Battlement Mesa is scheduled for consideration by the Garfield County Planning Commission starting Sept. 23. Ahead of that, the Battlement Concerned Citizens group has scheduled a meeting this Monday to discuss the […]

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August 21, 2015

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A Yellow River Runs Through It

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The Animas Disaster and the Great Web of Things Guest post by Phillip Doe* As all the world knows by now, one of the last remaining undammed[1] major rivers in the west, the Animas River, in southwestern Colorado, was damned with a 3 million gallon sludge of toxic mine waste on August 5. The devastation […]

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August 20, 2015

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Ursa moves to drill 53 wells in Battlement Mesa

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BCC Community Meeting on Ursa’s Drilling Proposal Monday, August 31 6:00 p.m. Grand Valley Fire District in Battlement Mesa, Colorado Guest post by Emily Hornback, Western Colorado Congress organizer After more than two years of meetings and negotiations, Ursa Resources initiated the permitting process to drill 53 wells within the community of Battlement Mesa. In […]

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August 19, 2015

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Making the case for emissions rules with teeth

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On Tuesday, when the Obama administration released the EPA’s proposed methane rules, environmental groups acted quickly to point out the problems. The stated goals of the administration are to achieve 40-45% reduction in methane emissions and overall emissions reductions of 20-25% by 2025. Yet under the proposed rules those goals will be impossible to achieve. […]

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August 18, 2015

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EPA issues proposed methane rules

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From Earthworks New Oil & Gas Development Methane Standard Welcomed by Fracking-Impacted Residents, Enviros Proposed rule for new & modified facilities will trigger EPA review of existing facilities Aug 18, Washington, D.C. – The Obama Administration today proposed the first-ever methane pollution standards for new and modified oil and gas facilities that, if implemented, will […]

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August 13, 2015

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Frackenlooper’s big gulp of denial

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After yesterday’s post (Don’t believe EPA chief Gina McCarthy) I got to wondering why she would tell a big fat lie when she knows the testing data is incomplete. I mean, I’ve seen Gina McCarthy on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She seems like a decent human being. But yesterday she said, “We have […]

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