April 17, 2014

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3 generations of oil and gas contamination

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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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April 15, 2014

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A “Unified” whomp upside TDC’s head

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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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April 11, 2014

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Jankovsky’s junk science junket

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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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April 11, 2014

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CRED’s fake news

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You remember CRED, the oil & gas industry’s shiny new PR campaign that suffered an ill-timed launch in the midst a 500-year flood event. Well they didn’t let a few flooded well pads and floating condensation tanks stand in their way. They’ve got spunk – and all sorts of tricks up their sleeves according to […]

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April 6, 2014

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Oil and gas mission creep

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Knock-knock South Canyon and New Castle — the wolves are at your doorstep … Guest post by Anita Sherman* According to the BOCC Agenda for Monday 4/7/14 [3.a.1.viii] the Garfield County Board of Commissioners will approve money for engineering and design on what looks like a “bridge to nowhere” on County Road 137 (Canyon Creek […]

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April 2, 2014

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Breaking news! SB-093 killed for this session

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Congratulations Colorado! Your protests  and citizen action successfully killed SB-093 — aka Pipeline right-of-way bill — aka Eminent domain bill. Report from Anita Sherman: This morning SB 14-93 was unanimously “laid over” until May 8th, which is the day after the 2014 legislative session ends. In short, we killed the bill! That is, unless the […]

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April 2, 2014

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Support the Hermosa Creek Protection Act

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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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April 1, 2014

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We live inside this brown cloud

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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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March 31, 2014

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No joke — BLM extends Thompson Divide leases

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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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March 25, 2014

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Raise royalties on natural gas exports

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From Western Values Project – STATEMENT: Americans Should Come First When Exporting Natural Gas Denver, CO — Today, both the U.S. House and Senate will hold hearings discussing the future of liquified natural gas (LNG) exports. In response, Western Values Project released the following statement from Director Ross Lane urging Congress to think of Americans […]

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