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National fracking summit planned for October

June 30, 2015

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SAVE THE DATE! Stop the Frack Attack National Summit October 3-5, 2015 Denver, Colorado Escalating the Fight between Communities and the Oil and Gas Industry A gathering of movement leaders, community activists, and people affected by fracking across the country. Activists will be gathering in Denver, CO to share stories, become better spokespeople, learn about […]

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Residential fracking coming soon to GarCo

June 27, 2015

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Since the drilling boom began around 2001, fracking has not occurred within residential neighborhoods in Garfield County. Hazardously close to communities and rural subdivisions – yes – but not inside heavily populated residential areas. That paradoxical distinction will soon vanish as Ursa Resources has submitted plans to drill 53 wells from two pads inside the […]

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Fracking pollution and dead babies

June 25, 2015

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The current issue of Rolling Stone features an in-depth article by Paul Solotaroff, What’s Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah? Billed as the story about a midwife who becomes the local pariah after she starts asking questions about dead babies, it is much more than that. Donna Young has been a midwife in Vernal, Utah, […]

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BOCC approves injection well, residents ask for seismic monitor

June 23, 2015

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To absolutely no one’s surprise, the Garfield County commissioners voted unanimously on Monday to approve Ursa’s second injection well in two years near Battlement Mesa and Parachute. Public meetings and hearings were held where citizens voiced their concerns and objections. Everyone was heard. Everyone was polite. Everyone was thanked. And the commissioners approved it anyway. […]

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Independent study shows fracking chemicals in drinking water

June 22, 2015

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Earlier this month when the EPA released its Draft Assessment on the Potential Impacts to Drinking Water Resources from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities, several major media outlets plus the oil & gas industry jumped on this EPA statement: “Assessment shows hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources and identifies […]

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Finding fault with Ursa’s new injection well

June 16, 2015

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At Monday’s BOCC meeting there was a discussion about the potential for a permanent air monitoring station in Battlement Mesa due to increased drilling activities inside the PUD (planned unit development) by Ursa Resources. A public hearing was also held regarding Ursa Resources application for an injection well located on Gardner Lane about one and […]

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Does fracking induce earthquakes?

June 10, 2015

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Yes, but not as much as injection wells. According to Dr. Rick Aster, Professor of Geophysics and Department Head with the Colorado State University: “An induced earthquake is a seismic events that (to a high degree of certainty) would not have occurred without human influences applied to the surface or subsurface. “Known ways to induce […]

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EPA study reveals fracking pollutes water

June 4, 2015

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EPA Releases Draft Assessment on the Potential Impacts to Drinking Water Resources from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities Assessment shows hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources and identifies important vulnerabilities to drinking water resources. Washington, DC —The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing a draft assessment today on the […]

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Residents prepare to evacuate West Salt Creek landslide

June 4, 2015

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Heavy rains forecast for this weekend are expected to cause flooding in the region below the West Salt Creek landslide. Local residents have been warned to prepare to evacuate. On Wednesday, Mesa County officials transitioned to a Level Two response to the West Salt Creek landslide. Conditions that prompted a Level One response last week […]

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West Salt Creek landslide on heightened alert status

May 27, 2015

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One year after the West Salt Creek landslide in Mesa County that killed 3 people, officials have initiated a Level One response which means something has changed that requires a heightened level of awareness. In this case the appearance of this stream of water is cause for concern. An article in today’s Daily Sentinel reported: […]

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