Tell AG Coffman to drop the appeal

Let Attorney General Cynthia Coffman know you’re not happy that she is fighting for oil and gas rather than Colorado citizens

On May 18, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman appealed a court decision in Martinez vs. the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). That case, filed by a group of Colorado youth, maintained that COGCC was misinterpreting the legislative language that established it, and that it was giving insufficient consideration to the environmental and health impacts of oil and gas development in the state.

The Martinez suit is intended to prevent the COGCC from issuing any new permits for oil and gas drilling “unless the best available science demonstrates, and an independent third party organization confirms, that drilling can occur in a manner that does not cumulatively, with other actions, impair Colorado’s atmosphere, water, wildlife, and land resources, does not adversely impact human health and does not contribute to climate change.”

On March 23, an appeals court overturned a lower court ruling and found in favor of Martinez. Governor Hickenlooper chose not to challenge that ruling, but our Attorney General, the woman who is supposed to be providing legal protection of our health and welfare, chose to go around the Governor and against the findings of publicly elected judges to appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court, using tax payer dollars to fight for oil and gas rather than the citizens of Colorado.

This is a big deal, particularly in the wake of the recent tragic deaths due to oil and gas infrastructure in Firestone and Mead.

Weld County coroner identifies men who died in massive Firestone house fire, explosion

One worker dead, three injured in Anadarko gas tank explosion near Mead

If Martinez et al are successful in their suit, we could finally have a legal basis with which to dramatically slow the rate of oil and gas development in the state, and protect the environment and our health.

Spotlight on the COGCC: Who are they, what’s their mission and where is their voice?

You can also use the handy one-click form to tell Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) director Matt Lepore and the rest of the Commission to stop spending taxpayer money to appeal the Martinez ruling and to comply with the agency’s legal mandate to protect the health and safety of Coloradans, first and foremost. Sign here!

Above all, it’s time to tell Cynthia Coffman that we’ve had enough of her efforts to protect the profits of the petroleum industry while jeopardizing Colorado’s land, air and water, as well as our health and safety!

Please write to AG Coffman at the address below and demand that she drop her appeal! Here are some points you could include in your letter:

  • It has never been clearer that the O&G industry is a threat to the environment, our health, and our safety.
  • The state’s AG is supposed to “protect and advance the public interest”, but Coffman is headed in directly the other direction, placing corporate profits above human health and safety.
  • We are watching everything Coffman does to look out for the interests of the O&G industry and abdicate her responsibilities to CO citizens, and we will hold her accountable.
  • Demand that Coffman drop her challenge in the Martinez case!

Send your letter to:

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman
Office of the Attorney General
Colorado Department of Law
Ralph L. Carr Judicial Building
1300 Broadway, 10th Floor
Denver, CO 80203

Many Coloradans do not know how badly they are being represented by state officials like Cynthia Coffman. Be sure to spread the word to your friends and colleagues, too!

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