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Fram plans to drill 108 oil wells in GJ watershed

August 14, 2017

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Proposal to drill 108 oil wells in Grand Junction watershed too risky The revised project threatens water and air quality In late June, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its long-awaited revised Environmental Assessment on the Fram Whitewater Project, a proposal to drill 108 oil wells in the Grand Junction watershed outside of Whitewater. […]

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Pipeline inspections provide cold comfort in Gasland

August 4, 2017

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In the aftermath of the fatal home explosion in Firestone last April, which killed homeowner Mark Martinez and his brother-in-law Joey Irwin, and seriously injured Mark’s wife Erin, Governor Hickenlooper ordered all Colorado oil and gas operators to inspect thousands of wells and miles of pipelines and associated flowlines. The state’s first inspections deadline occurred […]

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Citizens’ heads explode at COGCC meeting

July 25, 2017

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Dozens of citizens and representatives from environmental groups raised holy hell at the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) meeting on Monday. Protestors raised signs and chanted: “No more drilling! No more Permits! Stop the appeal!” At the core of the furor is public outrage over the commissioners’ decision to appeal the Colorado Court […]

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WSCOGA and CHC face off over North Fork drilling plan

July 21, 2017

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Even though drilling has slowed way down on the West Slope over the past two years, drilling has increased ever-so-slightly in Garfield, Rio Blanco and Mesa counties. There were nine rigs operating in the Piceance Basin as of June, compared to three last year. So while that’s triple last year’s rig count, it’s far from […]

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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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