June 11, 2019

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TEDX podcast: What does fracking have to do with plastic?

The connection between fossil fuel extraction, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and plastics runs deep. Each hole drilled into the ground brings up toxic chemicals that harm health and the environment at every stage of the process, from the wellhead to the refinery, from consumer goods in our homes to plastic waste that forever pollutes the earth. […]

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June 5, 2019

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Pennsylvania drillers paid millions to settle health claims

The accidental release of a Pennsylvania court document has revealed that last year Range Resources and 10 other companies agreed to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit with three Washington County families. They claimed the gas drilling companies’ activities contaminated their land and water and made them sick, according to a court document obtained […]

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May 29, 2019

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TEDX podcast: How does fracking wastewater threaten our health and the environment?

On April 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told two environmental groups that it had decided it was “not necessary” to update the federal standards handling toxic waste from oil and gas wells, including the waste produced by fracking. State regulators have repeatedly proved unable to prevent the industry’s toxic waste from entering America’s […]

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May 22, 2019

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Spring and COGCC off to rocky start

It’s almost metaphorical the way winter won’t let go of its grip on Colorado and neither will the oil and gas industry. On the same day a spring snowstorm bludgeoned the state with frigid temps and record snowfall, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) held its first regular meeting under SB-181. Folks seemed […]

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May 13, 2019

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Community groups call on Polis to halt oil and gas permits

Colorado Rising, WildEarth Guardians, and local environmental community groups notify Polis Administration of necessity to halt oil and gas permitting Public health and safety first: groups say new law requires a pause in fracking during rule making DENVER — Today Colorado Rising, a grassroots, community-led environmental group, and WildEarth Guardians, a western advocacy group enforcing […]

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May 10, 2019

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Jordan Cove still not a thing

This was a bad week for Jordan Cove, which I must remind you is still not a thing. On Monday, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a letter denying a Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG project. The DEQ announced in a press release that Jordan Cove doesn’t meet […]

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May 9, 2019

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New rules

The First Regular Session of the 72nd General Assembly adjourned on May 3, with a backlog of bills awaiting passage. With an historic number of bills in the works this year it’s been hard to keep track. And it’s not easy to find information in the media on the status of each bill. So I […]

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April 30, 2019

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SLAPP suits threaten free speech

By Pete Kolbenschlag The public lands rise above where I live, from the town and from the orchards, farms, ranches and wineries for which the North Fork Valley is known. I have long been involved in the shared work here to build a vibrant community and to support our transition to a diverse economy no […]

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April 25, 2019

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Health Impacts of Oil and Gas Development in Colorado

All videos were recorded February 1, 2019, at Colorado State University at the Medical Symposium: Health Impacts of Oil and Gas Development in Colorado Click on videos below to view here, or click on the link to view at Vimeo Life Within One Mile of 158 Fracking Wells: Beth Ewaskowitz, PhD A pharmacologist/mom’s journey into […]

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April 24, 2019

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EPA refuses to protect public from oil and gas wastes

Agency leaves in place decades-old generic standards that fail to address risks and harms oil and gas wastes WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to a lawsuit from environmental groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a decision on Tuesday saying that it will not update rules for the disposal and handling of dangerous oil and […]

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