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Colorado’s Fracking Wars Reignite

March 13, 2015

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The Blue Ribbon Boys Ride Again Guest post by Phil Doe* You’ve got to have a mind of winter to fully appreciate the pall Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s Task Force on Oil and Gas cast over the concept of good government in this state. Termed Blue Ribbon by the governor, it easily was not. It included […]

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Kill this bill: SB 15-093

March 4, 2015

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Citizens, neighbors, friends, and family it is time we as surface owners speak up for our rights to clean air, water, and our property values! The Colorado Senate recently passed a bill, SB15-093, which would provide compensation to mineral owners for regulatory impairments. In other words, if a local government, such as a municipality or […]

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Hickenlooper released the fracken

March 2, 2015

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For months on end in his public appearances, we’ve been treated to the chuckly Governor Hickenlooper, the politician with his cheesy grin. But after the task force turned in their 9 measly recommendations last Friday (2/27) he released the fracken. Witness the return of Frackenlooper!Governor: Oil, gas rules must protect mineral owners’ rights DENVER — […]

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“Coloradans Against Fracking” urges statewide fracking ban

February 27, 2015

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“Coloradans Against Fracking” Urges Statewide Ban on the Dangerous Gas and Oil Extraction Method On Tuesday, February 24, a broad-based coalition of groups from across Colorado was launched at Denver Convention Center, and delivered a health compendium to oil & gas task force appointees Denver, CO – Residents from across the state gathered in Denver […]

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Oil and gas task force served its purpose

February 27, 2015

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Governor Hickenlooper’s blue ribbon oil & gas task force folded up its traveling circus tent this week to dismal reviews. Even task force members gave it a thumbs down. “We failed,” said Matt Sura, Boulder attorney and task force member. “We didn’t enhance local authority, we didn’t even clarify the authority they have.” Oh Matt. […]

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Oil and gas task force is ignoring health evidence

February 6, 2015

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Guest post by Leslie Robinson and Dave Devanney* Because of negative experiences western Garfield County residents were encountering with oil-and-gas development, the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance was formed in 1997. Later, the Battlement Concerned Citizens formed. With guidance from Western Colorado Congress, now impacted citizens were empowered to negotiate with operators and government decision-makers to […]

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Task force fails to address setbacks

February 3, 2015

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Last August, Governor John Hickenlooper and Congressman Jared Polis met in secret to horse trade the democratic ballot initiative process. In the back room deal, Polis agreed to pull the plug on two ballot measures he supported in exchange for the formation of a 21-member Blue Ribbon Task Force handpicked by the Governor. Initiative 88 […]

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Study finds COGCC doesn’t enforce setbacks regulations

February 2, 2015

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In a joint press release on January 29, the University of Denver Environmental Law Clinic and the Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter announced a new study that finds: “Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration is approving oil and gas drilling near homes, schools and businesses without following its own regulations.” DU Environmental Law Clinic Analysis Indicates Lax […]

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Another Crazy Day in the Colorado Fracking Wars

January 30, 2015

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Guest post by Phil Doe* Thursday’s Denver Post contained a report on a town meeting in Erie, Colorado. A rapidly growing bedroom community of Denver, it has a population of around 18,000 people. The town meeting, like many in this state, was about fracking and citizen unease concerning its impacts on their health. The event […]

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Dr. Wolk’s stunt set a trivial tone to health panel

January 16, 2015

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The afternoon session of the Oil & Gas Task Force meeting in Greeley on Thursday (1/15)  featured the long-awaited health panel which included: Dr. Larry Wolk of CDPHE Dr. John Adgate of CSPH Dr. Gabby Petron of NOAA Ms. Dollis Wright, CEO of the consulting firm Quality Environmental Professional Associates based in Thornton. Sharon Dunn’s […]

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