March 30, 2017

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Fracking resistance is working in Colorado

March was a good month for the fracking resistance in Colorado. After more than a decade of battling governors, the legislature, and the COGCC (whose vision of the future appears to include a drilling rig on every street corner) activists were already well-organized. Even though we haven’t had thousands of supporters we have been vocal, […]

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March 16, 2017

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Colorado schools threatened by oil and gas development

HB 1256 will increase setbacks from schools Take action and tell key House committee members to support HB 1256! Click here to read HB 1256 Bella Romero Academy, Greeley, CO On March 10, 2017, Extraction Oil and Gas Inc. received permission from the COGCC for an oil and gas location only 315 feet from the […]

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March 16, 2017

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HB 1256 will increase setbacks from schools

Take action and to tell key House committee members to support HB 1256! On Friday, March 10, the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commissions (COGCC) approved 25 wells approximately 600 feet away from the Bella Romero Academy’s property line and its adjacent soccer fields, but 1,360 feet away from the school building in Weld County. […]

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March 15, 2017

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Phil Doe schools Boulder County on Extraction’s numbers

Last December the Boulder County Commissioners extended their moratorium on oil and gas development until May 1, 2017. The county’s original moratorium was imposed in February 2012, and has been extended several times. On Valentine’s Day, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit in a Boulder District Court against the moratorium. The suit asks […]

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March 14, 2017

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Firefighters decided not to warn residents during chemical fire

A series of mishaps at the pipeline construction site (Ursa’s new B pad) in Battlement Mesa highlights the hazards of residential drilling. Last week firefighters from the Grand Valley Fire Protection District (GVFPD) were called to extinguish what turned out to be a chemical fire at the construction/well pad site. Crews put out fire at […]

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March 9, 2017

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Planning Commission approves rezoning to allow Battlement injection well

The Garfield County Planning Commission Commissioners voted 5-2 on Wednesday night to approve a rezoning proposal that will allow for an injection well in the Battlement Mesa community. The approval included a provision to allow only one injection well on the 22-acre site that will be rezoned. Last month the Garfield County Community Development staff […]

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March 7, 2017

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SGI sues environmental activist for online comment

SG Interests (SGI) has filed suit against environmental consultant and activist Pete Kolbenschlag for a comment he posted on the Post Independent website last November. Often referred to as SLAPP suits — Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation — libel suits are used by corporations to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the […]

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March 7, 2017

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Letter from community groups opposes Battlement injection well zone

This article was published in today’s Post Independent: Reject Battlement injection well, activists urge Below is the full text of the letter opposing the rezoning to allow injection wells in Battlement Mesa PUD, from Battlement Concerned Citizens (BCC), Grand Valley Citizens Alliance (GVCA) and Western Colorado Congress (WCC) to Garfield County Planning Commission. The hearing […]

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March 2, 2017

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New CDPHE study ignored endocrine disruption research

While reading the new CDPHE report, Assessment of Potential Public Health Effects from Oil and Gas Extraction in Colorado, my thoughts returned again and again to the late Dr. Theo Colborn. Or perhaps that was her whispering in my inner ear. Naturally I wondered what she would think about the state’s latest report. When it […]

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February 28, 2017

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CDPHE report recommends more monitoring and analysis for fracking health impacts

The CDPHE released a report on health impacts assessment from exposure to oil & gas development, as Dr. Larry Wolk promised in the Denver Post after Dr. Lisa McKenzie released her latest CU study on childhood leukemia and proximity to oil & gas operations. The CDPHE report, Assessment of Potential Public Health Effects from Oil […]

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