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Vote “No” on Amendment 71

September 28, 2016

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Be The Change releases ‘Fact Sheet’ in opposition to Amendment 71 Amendment 71:  The corporately-financed initiative designed to eliminate the citizen’s right to initiative. Probably the most important historical fact we should recognize when discussing Amendment 71, dubbed Raise the Bar by its corporate sponsors, is that the people’s right to the initiative, or citizen […]

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CDPHE plans oil and gas health risk assessment based on air quality study

September 16, 2016

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New data to be used to assess health risks from oil and gas operations DENVER – The Air Quality Control Commission today received a report from the three-year North Front Range Oil and Gas Air Pollutant Emission and Dispersion Study conducted by Colorado State University. Data from the study – and a similar Garfield County […]

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Post-mortem: Why Colorado’s anti-fracking measures didn’t make the ballot

September 9, 2016

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By Kelsey Ray Republished from The Colorado Independent The fractivists were prepared for this. Before turning in the more than 200,000 ballot petition signatures they collected to qualify two anti-fracking measures for the November ballot, members of the Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking campaign took photographs of every single petition page. After Secretary […]

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Anti-fracking initiatives fail to make ballot

August 29, 2016

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Supporters say ruling on Initiatives 75 and 78 is not the final say Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking was informed today that not enough signatures were validated by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office to place Initiatives 75 & 78 on the November ballot. At this time, Yes for Health and Safety Over […]

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Colorado: 300 Days of Sunshine Annually, Yet There’s No Sunny Side of the Street

August 26, 2016

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Guest post by Philip Doe* Not long ago, the Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, held a press conference kicking off a campaign to stop the state’s constitution from being, in his words, a “dumping ground” for special interest legislation. He apparently wants to accomplish this before Hillary makes him her Secretary of Interior or Commerce […]

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Why do gas companies drill in residential communities?

August 24, 2016

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The simple answer is “because they can.” Obviously there’s much more to it than that. With the prices of oil & gas hovering at all-time lows, there’s a bigger question that must first be addressed. Why are oil & gas operators still drilling? I don’t want to get too buried in the numbers here, but […]

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Briefs filed in teens’ fracking lawsuit appeal

August 22, 2016

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Colorado Communities Back Youths’ Critical Fracking Lawsuit Denver, CO – On August 18, communities across Colorado showed their support for six young activists and their fracking and climate change lawsuit. Two amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs were filed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in support of the youth in their effort to […]

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Battlement residents object to Ursa’s hearing delay

August 16, 2016

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Ursa requested and the COGCC granted another extension on the operator’s permit application for the B pad which will be located in Battlement Mesa subdivision. If you’re keeping score, this is Ursa’s third request for an extension after demanding hearings back in April. But once the Battlement Concerned Citizens, Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, and Western […]

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Initiatives 75 and 78 petitions delivered to Colorado SOS

August 9, 2016

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  Initiatives Protecting Health and Safety from Fracking to Be on State Ballot A locally-led coalition of groups have obtained enough signatures to place initiatives #75 and #78 on the November ballot, permitting Coloradans to decide on fracking. On August 8, a grassroots coalition called Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking submitted enough signatures […]

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Toxic influence: Colorado’s “frackopoly”

August 4, 2016

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This week I reviewed Wenonah Hauter’s book Frackopoly, in which she chronicles how the oil & gas industry amassed geopolitical dominance and became the most powerful and unregulated industry in the world. The industry accomplished this through financial donations, lobbying efforts, and generally cozying up with politicians and government officials, thus making government, corporations and […]

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