July 6, 2015

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Review: Fuzzy Mud

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Fuzzy Mud By Louis Sachar Delacorte Books for Young Readers August 2015 192 pages Fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi always walks home from school with seventh grader Marshall Walsh because her mom won’t let her walk home alone. At the end of one particularly irritating school day, Marshall takes a shortcut through the woods. Tamaya has […]

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June 30, 2015

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National fracking summit planned for October

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SAVE THE DATE! Stop the Frack Attack National Summit October 3-5, 2015 Denver, Colorado Escalating the Fight between Communities and the Oil and Gas Industry A gathering of movement leaders, community activists, and people affected by fracking across the country. Activists will be gathering in Denver, CO to share stories, become better spokespeople, learn about […]

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June 27, 2015

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Residential fracking coming soon to GarCo

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Since the drilling boom began around 2001, fracking has not occurred within residential neighborhoods in Garfield County. Hazardously close to communities and rural subdivisions – yes – but not inside heavily populated residential areas. That paradoxical distinction will soon vanish as Ursa Resources has submitted plans to drill 53 wells from two pads inside the […]

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June 25, 2015

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Fracking pollution and dead babies

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The current issue of Rolling Stone features an in-depth article by Paul Solotaroff, What’s Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah? Billed as the story about a midwife who becomes the local pariah after she starts asking questions about dead babies, it is much more than that. Donna Young has been a midwife in Vernal, Utah, […]

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June 23, 2015

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BOCC approves injection well, residents ask for seismic monitor

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To absolutely no one’s surprise, the Garfield County commissioners voted unanimously on Monday to approve Ursa’s second injection well in two years near Battlement Mesa and Parachute. Public meetings and hearings were held where citizens voiced their concerns and objections. Everyone was heard. Everyone was polite. Everyone was thanked. And the commissioners approved it anyway. […]

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June 22, 2015

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Independent study shows fracking chemicals in drinking water

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Earlier this month when the EPA released its Draft Assessment on the Potential Impacts to Drinking Water Resources from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities, several major media outlets plus the oil & gas industry jumped on this EPA statement: “Assessment shows hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources and identifies […]

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June 16, 2015

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Finding fault with Ursa’s new injection well

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At Monday’s BOCC meeting there was a discussion about the potential for a permanent air monitoring station in Battlement Mesa due to increased drilling activities inside the PUD (planned unit development) by Ursa Resources. A public hearing was also held regarding Ursa Resources application for an injection well located on Gardner Lane about one and […]

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June 16, 2015

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Geology of the Piceance Basin — An Ursa Presentation

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Guest post by Fiona Lloyd* Ursa’s informational meeting was held on Monday night in response to Battlement Mesa residents concerns about the impacts of increased drilling in their community. The attendance was good, about 70 people along with just 4 Ursa representatives. The main question seemed to be: Given the current technology, why are you […]

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June 10, 2015

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Does fracking induce earthquakes?

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Yes, but not as much as injection wells. According to Dr. Rick Aster, Professor of Geophysics and Department Head with the Colorado State University: “An induced earthquake is a seismic events that (to a high degree of certainty) would not have occurred without human influences applied to the surface or subsurface. “Known ways to induce […]

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June 4, 2015

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EPA study reveals fracking pollutes water

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EPA Releases Draft Assessment on the Potential Impacts to Drinking Water Resources from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities Assessment shows hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources and identifies important vulnerabilities to drinking water resources. Washington, DC —The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing a draft assessment today on the […]

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