Tag Archives: environment

Understanding policy conflicts with oil and gas

April 5, 2017

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Conflict is a fact of life for those of us living with oil and gas development. Though we don’t necessarily seek it out, conflict manages to find its way into our lives regardless. The conflicts are many and varied but the predominant conflicts are between: Citizens opposed to oil & gas development vs citizens in […]

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Fracking resistance is working in Colorado

March 30, 2017

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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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Firefighters decided not to warn residents during chemical fire

March 14, 2017

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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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Planning Commission approves rezoning to allow Battlement injection well

March 9, 2017

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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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SGI sues environmental activist for online comment

March 7, 2017

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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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New CDPHE study ignored endocrine disruption research

March 2, 2017

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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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PSR’s new report: Why methane is “Too Dirty, Too Dangerous”

February 24, 2017

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This week Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) released a new report titled Too Dirty, Too Dangerous: Why health professionals reject methane. With its summaries of recent medical and scientific studies Too Dirty, Too Dangerous clearly conveys the health threats that accompany use of methane (natural gas) as a fuel. The report is a potent tool […]

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WORC puts oil and gas waste streams on the map

February 24, 2017

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This week, Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) released a new mapping project that plots oil and gas waste streams in four states: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming. This new digital resource, the WORC Oil and Gas Waste Mapping Project is a visual follow-up to WORC report, No Time to Waste. Released in 2015, […]

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More troubled waters overflow at Battlement Mesa pipeline site

February 23, 2017

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*Photos added on 2/24/17 at 2:00 p.m. *Updated 7:47 p.m. Members of Battlement Concerned Citizens (BCC) and Grand Valley Citizens Alliance (GVCA) notified From the Styx about an alert they received Thursday morning from Garfield County oil & gas liaison Kirby Wynn. Wynn reported that a second event involving underground water has occurred along Summit […]

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GarCo breaks trust with Battlement residents over botched pipeline project

February 22, 2017

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*Updated 9:45 p.m. On January 27, COGCC environmental manager Greg Deranleau sent a letter to Garfield County oil & gas liaison Kirby Wynn, detailing a laundry list of problems with pipeline construction at two new well pads in Battlement Mesa. Neither Wynn nor Ursa informed residents about the situation. A resident stumbled upon the letter […]

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