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Big Oil in the Rocky Mountain State

June 22, 2017

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The Overwhelming Tawdriness of Government in Colorado Guest post by Phil Doe* After five months of doing nothing of value, although spending millions in the furtherance thereof, the Colorado legislature closed up shop last month. The people should demand a refund for nonperformance, but instead they will have to ante up more money to pay […]

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Gas leak discovered in De Beque home

June 13, 2017

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The COGCC is investigating another gas leak in a home. This time it’s in De Beque on the West Slope. The Daily Sentinel reported that Xcel Energy noticed the leak on May 15, while surveying for possible leaks. The leak was found in the crawlspace of a home on Minter Avenue. The gas did not […]

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Report reveals fires and explosions underreported by Colorado operators

June 6, 2017

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A new report from researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health shows that statistics on oil and gas fires and explosions are underreported because of the state’s lenient system of allowing operators to self-report incidents. Is reporting “significant damage”’ transparent? Assessing fire and explosion risk at oil and gas operations in the United States […]

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Tell AG Coffman to drop the appeal

June 5, 2017

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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 […]

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Groups call for independent investigation into Firestone home explosion

May 26, 2017

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Today more than a dozen groups representing citizens and the environment sent a letter to Governor Hickenlooper calling for an “independent committee to investigate the causes of that gas explosion and determine the risks of recurrence.” The letter, written by Be The Change environmental director Phil Doe is published below. ********** May 26, 2017 Dear […]

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Hickenlooper finds political cover from AG Coffman on Martinez ruling

May 18, 2017

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Hickenlooper orders halt to fight over court oil-gas ruling but AG Coffman moves ahead AG Cynthia Coffman says Martinez case profoundly changes oil and gas regulation Late Wednesday, Governor John Hicklenlooper sent an order to the Deputy Attorney General Laura Chartrand instructing state attorneys not to proceed with an appeal of the Martinez ruling. But […]

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Gov. Hickenlooper, DO NOT appeal Martinez ruling!

May 11, 2017

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  On March 23, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that the “state must protect health and the environment before allowing oil and gas drilling” in Martinez v. COGCC. Last week, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission announced that it was appealing the ruling. Click here to join the League of Oil & Gas […]

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Fractivist Shane Davis sends warning to Boulder County commissioners

May 2, 2017

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** BREAKING NEWS ** Deadly Firestone explosion the result of odorless gas leaking from cut gas flow pipeline Governor orders inspection of all oil and gas lines within 1,000 feet of occupied homes ********** As of May 1, Boulder County became ground zero in the latest battle over local control of oil & gas development. […]

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Anadarko gas well targeted in Firestone house explosion investigation

April 26, 2017

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Ever wonder what could possibly go wrong with residential drilling? Now we’re finding out. Today Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the state’s largest oil & gas producer, released a statement announcing plans to shut down all their vertical wells in northeastern Colorado, “in an abundance of caution” following a home explosion in Firestone on April 17, in […]

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Commissioners wobble then cave on injection well rezoning

April 18, 2017

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By a vote of 2 to 1, Garfield County commissioners approved Battlement Mesa Co.’s application for a zoning change to allow for an injection well within the Battlement Mesa community. Judging by their comments at the public hearing on Monday, the commissioners didn’t seem convinced of the need for an injection well but two of […]

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