August 24, 2016

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Why do gas companies drill in residential communities?

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The simple answer is “because they can.” Obviously there’s much more to it than that. With the prices of oil & gas hovering at all-time lows, there’s a bigger question that must first be addressed. Why are oil & gas operators still drilling? I don’t want to get too buried in the numbers here, but […]

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August 22, 2016

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Briefs filed in teens’ fracking lawsuit appeal

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Colorado Communities Back Youths’ Critical Fracking Lawsuit Denver, CO – On August 18, communities across Colorado showed their support for six young activists and their fracking and climate change lawsuit. Two amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs were filed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in support of the youth in their effort to […]

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August 16, 2016

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Battlement residents object to Ursa’s hearing delay

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Ursa requested and the COGCC granted another extension on the operator’s permit application for the B pad which will be located in Battlement Mesa subdivision. If you’re keeping score, this is Ursa’s third request for an extension after demanding hearings back in April. But once the Battlement Concerned Citizens, Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, and Western […]

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August 9, 2016

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Initiatives 75 and 78 petitions delivered to Colorado SOS

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  Initiatives Protecting Health and Safety from Fracking to Be on State Ballot A locally-led coalition of groups have obtained enough signatures to place initiatives #75 and #78 on the November ballot, permitting Coloradans to decide on fracking. On August 8, a grassroots coalition called Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking submitted enough signatures […]

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August 4, 2016

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Toxic influence: Colorado’s “frackopoly”

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This week I reviewed Wenonah Hauter’s book Frackopoly, in which she chronicles how the oil & gas industry amassed geopolitical dominance and became the most powerful and unregulated industry in the world. The industry accomplished this through financial donations, lobbying efforts, and generally cozying up with politicians and government officials, thus making government, corporations and […]

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August 3, 2016

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Mapping the oil and gas threat in western CO — August 8

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MAPPING the OIL and GAS THREAT: A Western Colorado Update Monday, August 8 6:30 p.m. Glenwood Springs Community Center Join Western Colorado Congress for an evening of information and discussion about oil and gas issues on the Western Slope. Representatives from the Sierra Club and local impacted community members will give a demonstration of the […]

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August 2, 2016

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Review: Frackopoly

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Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment By Wenonah Hauter The New Press June 2016 384 pages For the uninitiated, fracking is a process of unconventional natural gas extraction in which millions of gallons of water, tons of sand, and unknown quantities of toxic chemicals are injected from holes drilled miles […]

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July 20, 2016

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Battlement Mesa residents call on COGCC to protect drinking water

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By Emily Hornback, WCC Community Organizer Residents of Battlement Mesa spoke before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Tuesday, decrying the recent approval of 28 natural gas wells inside their community while calling on the Commission to take a harder look at another pending application to drill an additional 25 wells next to […]

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July 20, 2016

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New state rule fails to protect public health, safety and welfare

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My apologies to the folks in Battlement Mesa, I was unable to attend the COGCC meeting in Glenwood Springs on Tuesday due to prior commitments. I am undergoing intensive physical therapy to address the effects of nerve damage caused by prolonged exposure to toluene, and other unconventional oil & gas (UOG) drilling chemicals. In 2014, […]

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July 16, 2016

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Hope fades for Battlement Mesa residents

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The COGCC approved Ursa’s permit application for the BMC D Pad, the pad that is not located next to the Colorado River. It is one of two proposed well pads to be located inside the Battlement Mesa PUD. As the first real test of the new state rule regarding large urban mitigation area (UMA) facilities, […]

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