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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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Lepore says COGCC needs more staff to handle inspections

January 16, 2015

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I listened to most of the livestream for the task force meeting in Greeley on Thursday, January 15. Of the five task force meetings thus far this one was the meatiest with a slew of concrete ideas and proposals tossed out for discussion. The bulk of the morning session included a presentation from COGCC Executive Director Matt Lepore […]

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BREAKING: Groups call for task force Co-Chair’s resignation

January 14, 2015

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Today a coalition of grassroots organizations asked for the resignation of Co-Chair Randy Cleveland from Governor Hickenlooper’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on fracking. This Task Force was established so U.S. Representative Jared Polis could gracefully strike from the 2014 state ballot two initiatives he had financed. One would have required 2000-foot setbacks from homes, the […]

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712 spills reported in 2014

January 14, 2015

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712 Oil and Natural Gas-Related Chemical Spills Occurred in Colorado in 2014 An average of two spills per day puts Colorado communities and outdoor spaces at risk Report by Greg Zimmerman, Center for Western Priorities DENVER — Spills from oil and gas operations in Colorado reached 712 last year, according to the 2014 Toxic Release […]

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