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CO Supreme Court rules against fracking bans

May 2, 2016

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Colorado Supreme Court Strips the Constitutional Right To Enact Local Fracking Bans Landmark Decision Favors Oil and Gas Industry Over the Rights of Coloradans Denver, CO – Today, the Colorado Supreme Court struck down the rights of Coloradans to protect their health, safety and well-being from fracking through the use of local bans. The justices […]

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Fracking fanatics cling to false hopes for Jordan Cove

April 22, 2016

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Colorado’s fracking fanatics desperate to breathe life into the Jordan Cove Project have stepped up their lobbying campaign, with a little help from their friends at The Daily Sentinel. Oil, gas group unanimous in backing of Jordan Cove The Jordan Cove LNG project and 232-mile connecting transmission pipeline were the focus of meetings in Grand […]

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Obama administration launches task force on gas storage safety

April 1, 2016

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Above image of Aliso Canyon methane gas leak was filmed in December 2015, with FLIR camera by certified thermographer Pete Dronkers, Earthworks Southwest Circuit Rider In a move that doesn’t appear to be an April fool’s joke, the Obama administration today launched the shiny new Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety. Lynn Orr, […]

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Obama corrals oil and gas industry

March 18, 2016

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This week NASA scientists informed us that February 2016 was the warmest month on record and warned that global warming is speeding up. In an obvious last-ditch effort to slow down the rapidly expanding process of climate change, President Obama’s administration is focusing on the oil and gas industry. The first move came last week […]

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US and Canada agree to cut methane emissions

March 10, 2016

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BREAKING NEWS!! U.S.-Canada Joint Statement on Climate, Energy, and Arctic Leadership ********** Trudeau, Obama to unveil measures for safeguarding Arctic President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday announced they would seek a 40 to 45 percent reduction in methane emissions below 2012 levels by the oil and gas industry by 2025, and […]

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CDPHE letter addresses Battlement Mesa residents’ health, safety, and welfare

March 9, 2016

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Today brought another interesting development in the Battlement Mesa saga. GarCo oil & gas liaison Kirby Wynn released a letter from CDPHE oil & gas liaison Kent Kuster to COGCC Director Matt Lepore regarding recommendations for Ursa’s proposed well pads inside the Battlement Mesa PUD. Garfield County had previously requested a consultation on Ursa’s proposed […]

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New rule applies to Ursa’s Battlement Mesa permits

March 9, 2016

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A group of Battlement Mesa supporters showed up at the regular COGCC meeting on Monday to urge the staff via the Commissioners to force consideration of other locations and more mitigation before approving Ursa’s Battlement Mesa permit applications. During public comments, COGCC Executive Director Matt Lepore stated that the new task force rules apply to […]

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Protect air quality and reduce waste on public lands

February 26, 2016

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Action alert! The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a draft rule this month aimed at curbing the wasteful practices of flaring, venting, and leaking natural gas on all public lands (BLM and national forest) and tribal lands. Not be confused with the EPA’s proposed methane rules which were released last August. According the BLM […]

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Activists weigh ballot initiatives

February 25, 2016

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The internets were all abuzz this week as activists weighed and measured 3 proposed ballot initiatives under consideration for the upcoming 2016 election cycle. Last December, Coloradans Resisting Extreme Energy Development (CREED) submitted paperwork for 11 ballot initiative proposals to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. Eight of the 11 addressed mandatory well setbacks from […]

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Aliso Canyon only the tip of the methane iceberg

February 24, 2016

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As EPA acknowledges increased severity of methane problem, Earthworks’ new infrared map and 180+ videos of oil & gas air pollution show need for strong standards Washington D.C. — Just as the worst methane leak in California’s history is sealed, and the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged the U.S. pollutes much more methane than previously estimated, […]

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