Tag Archives: oil & gas industry

Garfield County should embrace oil and gas regulation protections

May 27, 2020

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By Leslie Robinson It is challenging to be a citizen activist leading the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, which is a grassroots group in western Garfield County involved with mitigating impacts from residential oil and gas development in neighborhoods like Battlement Mesa. As commissioners Mike Samson, John Martin and Tom Jankovsky are curious idolizers of the […]

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Commissioners support energy companies over public health

May 14, 2020

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The American Lung Association recently released its annual State of the Air report, which outlines threats posed by unhealthy levels of ozone and particle pollution in counties and cities across the country. Ground level ozone is a real problem in Colorado, even on the Western Slope. For instance, Garfield County received a grade of “C” […]

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There is something rotten in the Republic of Boulder — and it smells all the way to Denmark

May 8, 2020

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By Phil Doe After 25 years of acclaimed atmospheric research at the University of Colorado, Dr. Detlev Helmig was summarily fired in April. The firing was delivered by a video call that took less than 30 minutes. In less than an hour after he was first notified that the university was dissatisfied with his efforts […]

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Dr. Detlev Helmig fired for exposing brown cloud

April 30, 2020

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The oil & gas industry may have been brought to its collective knees this month in the marketplace but they are definitely running the show in Colorado. On April 17, a breaking news report appeared at the Western Energy Alliance website, Western Wire that the University of Colorado Boulder had dismissed Dr. Detlev Helmig after […]

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Action alert: We need strong protections now!

April 28, 2020

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On Wednesday, April 29, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) is meeting to decide how and when to proceed with a critical decision-making process for new rules governing oil and gas development in our state. These new rules, mandated by the Protect Public Welfare Oil and Gas Operations Act (SB-181), have been fought […]

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Oil and gas industry is exploiting a crisis

April 21, 2020

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By Harv Teitelbaum* These are difficult times. Most of us are sacrificing to protect ourselves, our families and our communities from COVID-19. Unfortunately, there are others who are using this crisis as cover to further their own exploitative agendas. According to Associated Press reports, the oil and gas industry approached the Environmental Protection Agency, seeking […]

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State levels record $18.25M fine for Firestone home explosion

April 13, 2020

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Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission approves $18.25 million penalty for Firestone tragedy April 17, 2020 is the 3-year commemoration The funds will be used for projects that will increase public protections Denver — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) today announced it has approved the $18.25 million penalty against Kerr-McGee, a subsidiary […]

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Broomfield challenges SB181’s public health priority

April 2, 2020

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE On Wednesday, April 8, the City of Broomfield reluctantly voted not to impose an emergency Public Health order to prevent Extraction Oil & Gas from conducting flowback operations while Governor Polis’ stay-at-home remains in place. They made this decision because they were advised by counsel that subsequent lawsuits would make the order […]

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Virus pauses rulemaking but not O&G operations

March 26, 2020

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On March 25, Governor Jared Polis issued a statewide “stay-at-home” order requiring the state’s 5.7 million residents to avoid socializing with others as well as unnecessary travel. Read the order here. Oil and gas production field operations are included in the list of critical infrastructure that remains operational. During this time when millions of residents […]

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Submit comments on wellbore integrity rulemaking

March 17, 2020

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In Colorado, there are more than 50-thousand active oil and gas wells. There are also another 20,000 to 30,000 plugged and abandoned wells. These wells and their infrastructure leak every single day. In fact, according to the Center for Western Priorities, there were almost two spills or leaks per day in Colorado. Since 2016, there […]

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