Tag Archives: CDPHE

Spring and COGCC off to rocky start

May 22, 2019

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It’s almost metaphorical the way winter won’t let go of its grip on Colorado and neither will the oil and gas industry. On the same day a spring snowstorm bludgeoned the state with frigid temps and record snowfall, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) held its first regular meeting under SB-181. Folks seemed […]

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Community groups call on Polis to halt oil and gas permits

May 13, 2019

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Colorado Rising, WildEarth Guardians, and local environmental community groups notify Polis Administration of necessity to halt oil and gas permitting Public health and safety first: groups say new law requires a pause in fracking during rule making DENVER — Today Colorado Rising, a grassroots, community-led environmental group, and WildEarth Guardians, a western advocacy group enforcing […]

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What you need to know right now about SB-181

April 4, 2019

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The final version of SB-181 passed out of the Senate on Wednesday. While we await Governor Polis’ signature, let’s take a closer look at what the bill will and won’t do — and what you need to know right now. The first and most noticeable change will come from the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation […]

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Weld residents use Earthworks’ OGI to expose illegal emissions

April 4, 2019

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Complaints result in new equipment, fines, but new evidence shows problems persist Weld County, CO — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) found AKA Energy caused illegal air pollution from unpermitted equipment at the Speer Compressor Station in Weld County as a result of local resident complaints using Earthworks’ optical gas imaging […]

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SB-181: The great Colorado freak-out

March 20, 2019

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Last week SB-181 practically sailed through the Democratic-controlled Colorado Senate passing one committee after another and finally the full Senate, all along party line votes. Opponents of the bill promptly freaked out with Sen. Rob Woodward (R-Loveland) howling: “There will be pain if this bill passes. People will lose their jobs, people will lose their […]

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Small Laws, Great Crimes: the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Act

January 28, 2019

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By Phil Doe It’s been said that small laws breed great crimes. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Act is such a law. The crimes committed against the people in its name are legion. But it got even more criminal on January 14 ,last week when the Colorado Supreme Court decided the protection of public […]

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Pressure mounts on AQCC for stronger statewide regs on O&G emissions

January 26, 2019

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Air Quality Control Commission hears call for stronger air quality rules for oil and gas development Methane and ozone problems across Colorado at heart of task force effort By Emily Hornback, Western Colorado Alliance On January 17, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) heard calls from business groups, local elected officials, community groups, environmental […]

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COGCC fails to protect health and safety

October 18, 2018

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Guest post by Wendell G Bradley, PhD Physics* We so often hear: “Colorado has the toughest regulations in the universe.” Colorado’s CDPHE, COGCC, and Blue Ribbon Panel (Colorado Oil & Gas Task Force) are sometimes cited as authoritative on fracking issues. Upon close scrutiny the only authority they have is positional, if authority is to […]

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TEDX podcast: Can environmental health research help communities impacted by fracking?

September 12, 2018

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At the Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meeting on September 6, state O&G liaison Sean Hackett said the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) does not recommend blood tests to detect VOCs because the results don’t indicate the source of the contamination. The state prefers air quality monitoring. Blood tests for chemicals not […]

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Earthworks video exposes emissions at Extraction’s Coyote Pad

August 29, 2018

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Breaking news Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced today that Initiative 97, a setback measure for oil and gas development made the ballot. The measure would mandate that new oil and gas development, including fracking, be a minimum distance of 2,500 feet from occupied buildings and other areas designated as “vulnerable.” ************ On Friday […]

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