Anti-fracking activists converge in Denver for meetings, protests
Denver street demonstrations followed a two-day summit that included work on a proposed Colorado ban on fracking
Oil and gas drilling closer to communities along Colorado’s Front Range, as seen in a struggle north of Denver, is putting residents and school officials on guard.
While Synergy Resources says it would tread as lightly as possible near Thornton, the lingering anxieties are an example of the sentiments that on Monday drove 230 activists from 30 states to demonstrate around Denver.
The protests — urging a faster shift to cleaner fuels to fight climate change — followed a two-day strategy summit that included work on a proposed Colorado ban on hydraulic fracturing, the technique used to extract oil and gas.
“The goal is to transition as quickly as possible to renewable energy so that all these communities affected by dirty fossil fuels can be healthier and not have to deal with that in their backyard,” said Lauren Pagel, policy director for Earthworks, a Washington D.C.-based group that helped organize the summit.
“Oil and gas cause climate problems and cause pollution. They are, hopefully, the energy of the past,” Pagel said.
The activists targeted Saddle Butte Pipeline, the EPA, Halliburton, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and Gov. John Hickenlooper’s mansion. They set up a 20-foot mock drilling rig. Three activists were ticketed for blocking traffic at the mansion …
‘Not Protesters — Protectors’: Fracktivists Descend on Colorado Governor’s Mansion
On Monday, hundreds of concerned residents marched in response to Governor Hickenlooper’s recent claims that Coloradans are no longer mobilizing to protect their communities from the harms of fracking.
The march left Commons Park for the State Capitol, then proceeded to the Governor’s Mansion, where a 20-foot mock drilling rig was erected just feet from his doorstep. Loudspeakers were mounted to the top of the platform, projecting the personal stories of citizens who have been harmed by fracking.
Loveland mother and daughter Sharon and Zoe Carlisle chained themselves to the drilling rig in protest. They spoke of their concern for the health and safety of their neighborhood as fracking moves closer to their homes and schools …
Anti-fracking activists in Colorado erected a 20-foot mock oil derrick in front of Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper’s mansion in a Denver neighborhood on Monday, demanding an end to drilling in their state.
About 230 people joined the demonstration—which made stops at several “Hall of Shame” locations including Halliburton’s Denver office, the state capitol, and the EPA’s regional headquarters—calling for a ban on hydraulic fracturing and a shift to cleaner fuels.
They specifically targeted Hickenlooper, whose pro-fracking stance has helped encourage an extraction boom in the state. According to the Denver Post, three activists were ticketed for blocking traffic at the governor’s mansion, which was the final stop of the day …