October 16, 2017

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AQCC public hearing on October 19

The Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) is in the process of revising Colorado’s 2014 oil & gas regulations that control methane emissions to meet new EPA recommendations to control ozone pollution. The proposed revisions would reduce hydrocarbon emissions in the Denver Metro Area and Front Range. Even though the current proposal does not include the […]

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October 12, 2017

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Clean Power Plan repeal proposed by Trump puppet Pruitt

This week EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced his plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan. The proposed rule, if implemented, would put an end to the Obama Administration’s successful and cost-effective program to reduce carbon pollution from fossil fuel-fired power plants. A plan that is already preventing thousands of deaths and many more childhood asthma […]

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October 11, 2017

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Erie veterinarian plans to study VOC levels in dogs

Humans living in close proximity to oil & gas operations often notice changes in their dogs’ behavior and health before they notice or experience changes in their own minds and bodies. That’s because dogs tend to spend a lot of time outdoors which consistently exposes them to more VOCs (volatile organic compounds) than their humans. […]

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October 6, 2017

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Are you breathing oil and gas pollution?

The Methane and Waste Prevention Rule is in the news again this week. The rule went into effect during the Obama Administration in January 2017, with the compliance deadline set for January 2018. On Wednesday, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the Interior Department (BLM) cannot use a provision […]

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October 2, 2017

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What’s in your water?

The tap water in our homes comes from either surface water or groundwater. Public water systems provide treated water from surface and groundwater for public use. Groundwater is the source for private wells. How do you know if the water in your home is safe to drink? Owners of private wells and other individual water […]

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September 28, 2017

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Voices from “Fracktured Erie”

The following Letter to the Editor by John C. Lamb* appeared recently in the Boulder Daily Camera and Longmont Times-Call. Don’t rely on establishment to protect you from fracking Recently, I sent out a request on an Erie website for people to share their stories about living with fracking in their neighborhoods. I received over […]

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September 27, 2017

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Hypocrisy wins again in Garfield County

Tuesday night the Garfield County Planning Commission approved Ursa’s Phase II applications for Battlement Mesa. The plan includes drilling 55 wells on 2 pads, one of which will be less than 500 feet from homes, plus an injection well, a temporary water storage facility, and pipelines. While it’s no surprise, there was always hope that […]

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September 22, 2017

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Ursa is bribing some Battlement residents to sign a waiver

But not all Battlement residents … Read the article in today’s Daily Sentinel: Prospect of living by the rigs BATTLEMENT MESA — Darrell and Ronde Settle stood Tuesday at the top of a hillside across the street from their mobile home and peered over the edge. “What a trip,” Darrell Settle said. “Wow,” added Ronde, […]

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September 20, 2017

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CO: the More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Guest post by Phil Doe* Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper labored mightily for three months and brought forth a gnat. He had promised the people, after an uncontrolled leak from an oil well had caused two deaths in a fiery explosion of a home in the bedroom community of Firestone, that it would never happen again. […]

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September 13, 2017

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GarCo neglected to notice residents impacted by Ursa drilling plan

Garfield County refuses to notify nearby residents about “one of the most dangerous drilling proposal in the State.” Ursa injection well proposal will be within 500 feet of homes — in violation of state health and safety requirements Battlement Mesa, CO — Tonight the Garfield County Planning Commission will hold a hearing on Battlement Mesa […]

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