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Fracking threatens unique desert oasis in west Texas

November 4, 2016

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New analysis: Global tourist destination Balmorhea Springs at risk from Apache oil & gas development Toyahvale & Dallas, TX — Released Thursday, a new scientific analysis of the system of springs feeding Texas’ Balmorhea State Park in the Chihuahuan Desert indicates that new oil and gas production proposed by Apache Corp. could pollute or otherwise […]

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Oil and Gas Threat Map now includes public lands

October 27, 2016

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One-third of Colorado’s nearly 67 million acres are designated as public lands, including forests, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, national parks and monuments, and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. As much as we appreciate our precious public lands, oil & gas development on public lands has contributed to the increasing public health risks […]

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New Yale study links fracking to cancer-causing chemicals

October 26, 2016

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New research from the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) confirms that the majority of chemicals used in fracking are linked to known carcinogens. Yale researchers identified 55 known, probable, or possible carcinogens, including 20 compounds associated with leukemia and/or lymphoma specifically, that are potential water contaminants and/or air pollutants related to unconventional oil & […]

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Ursa postpones drilling plan near high school

October 6, 2016

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Ursa informed Garfield County by letter on Wednesday, the company has postponed plans to drill at the Lacy Park pad which is located about 700 feet from Grand Valley High School, and on the north bank of the Colorado River, between Parachute and Battlement Mesa. In the letter Ursa cited the need for more time […]

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Earthworks health and climate webinar

September 26, 2016

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Virtually every stage of oil and gas production releases toxic air pollution. Both scientific research and reports from communities show that living near well sites, processing plants, compressor stations, and other facilities is often linked to health problems. Ongoing leaks and emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, also pose risks to the climate. On […]

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Chromium-6 found in drinking water systems in 26 Colorado counties

September 21, 2016

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Nearly 200 million Americans, including millions in Colorado, drink tap water that contains a toxin that can cause cancer even from minute exposures, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Chromium-6, a chemical compound that can cause liver damage, lung cancer, and reproductive and developmental problems, was found in 61 water systems […]

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BOCC denies BCC and GVCA request for appeal of COGCC’s B pad permit

September 19, 2016

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Today Garfield County Commissioners unanimously denied a request from Battlement Concerned Citizens and Grand Valley Citizens Alliance that the commissioners request a hearing to appeal the recent approval by the COGCC for Ursa’s B pad in Battlement Mesa. Click here to read the BCC/GVCA letter to the BOCC. The main issue, as described in the […]

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Groups file lawsuit to protect Colorado River Basin

September 13, 2016

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Lawsuit Launched Over Fracking, Water, Climate Change in Colorado River Basin DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity and Living Rivers today filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to compel them to update invalid, outdated Endangered Species Act consultations on the impacts of […]

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Residents call on the Governor to save Battlement Mesa

September 12, 2016

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By Emily Hornback, WCC Community Organizer Today, Battlement Concerned Citizens decried the final decision from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) on the second of two natural gas pads now approved for construction within the boundaries of Battlement Mesa. COGCC approves 2nd well pad in Battlement The COGCC approved the Ursa Resources permit […]

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Post-mortem: Why Colorado’s anti-fracking measures didn’t make the ballot

September 9, 2016

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By Kelsey Ray Republished from The Colorado Independent The fractivists were prepared for this. Before turning in the more than 200,000 ballot petition signatures they collected to qualify two anti-fracking measures for the November ballot, members of the Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking campaign took photographs of every single petition page. After Secretary […]

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