April 26, 2017

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Anadarko gas well targeted in Firestone house explosion investigation

Ever wonder what could possibly go wrong with residential drilling? Now we’re finding out. Today Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the state’s largest oil & gas producer, released a statement announcing plans to shut down all their vertical wells in northeastern Colorado, “in an abundance of caution” following a home explosion in Firestone on April 17, in […]

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April 24, 2017

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Lawsuit challenges Amendment 71 as unconstitutional

Today a group of plaintiffs represented by Attorney Ralph Ogden filed a lawsuit in federal court in Denver, claiming that Amendment 71 (A71) is unconstitutional. In the wake of a $3 million media-blitz campaign that was financed primarily by big oil & gas with Broncos’ GM John Elway acting as pitchman, Colorado voters passed A71 […]

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April 18, 2017

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Commissioners wobble then cave on injection well rezoning

By a vote of 2 to 1, Garfield County commissioners approved Battlement Mesa Co.’s application for a zoning change to allow for an injection well within the Battlement Mesa community. Judging by their comments at the public hearing on Monday, the commissioners didn’t seem convinced of the need for an injection well but two of […]

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April 17, 2017

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Shale Gas & Oil Health Registry & Resource Network

The Environmental Health Project (EHP) is a nonprofit public health organization that assists and supports residents who believe their health has been, or could be, impacted by unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD, or “fracking”). Recent studies suggest exposure to air contaminants associated with UOGD increase an individual’s risk for the development of or worsening […]

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April 14, 2017

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Dissecting the fake-based opposition to setbacks

HB-1256 would have moved new oil & gas facilities 1,000 feet from the property lines of all schools and daycare centers, as opposed to 1,000 feet from the buildings which is the current setback rule. The bill passed the House committee on a party line vote two weeks ago but failed in the Senate Natural […]

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April 12, 2017

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Year 2050: Do Investors Get the Full Ponzi?

Guest post by Bob Arrington* In 2010, Shell Chief Executive Peter Voser told attendees at an energy conference in Singapore, that the world will remain heavily reliant on fossil fuels for the next 40 years. For the sake of argument, let’s take that prediction further and say the year 2050 has become a designated end […]

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April 11, 2017

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Groups file suit over drilling plan near middle school

Groups File Lawsuit to Prevent Oil and Gas Fracking Operation Next to Middle School Near Greeley, CO Denver, CO — Today, a coalition of environmental and civil rights groups , Weld Air and Water, the Sierra Club, NAACP Colorado State Conference, and Wall of Women filed a lawsuit in State Court challenging the Colorado Oil […]

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April 6, 2017

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Salting Fracking’s Resurrection: the Uses of False News

Guest post by Phil Doe* The Denver Post is headless. If it weren’t, it could be certified as schizophrenic. Proof, you ask? In its recent Sunday editorial section, the Post devoted much print to lamenting the demise of print news. Tom Petty, a Post editor, not the real Tom Petty, but a heartbreaker nonetheless, claims […]

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April 5, 2017

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Understanding policy conflicts with oil and gas

Conflict is a fact of life for those of us living with oil and gas development. Though we don’t necessarily seek it out, conflict manages to find its way into our lives regardless. The conflicts are many and varied but the predominant conflicts are between: Citizens opposed to oil & gas development vs citizens in […]

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April 3, 2017

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Battlement Mesa film released

In October 2014, Gayle Embrey and Sue Drinker at PowerSurge Productions began filming the story of the residents in Battlement Mesa who worked their hearts out to stop oil & gas company Ursa from drilling inside their community. The film tells the story of their struggle to keep gas drilling from inside the Battlement Mesa […]

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