Monthly Archives: January 2015

29Jan/15
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DU Environmental Law Clinic Analysis Indicates Lax Enforcement on Oil & Gas Setbacks

DENVER, COLORADO: Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration is approving oil and gas drilling near homes, schools and businesses without following its own regulations, according to a new analysis by student attorneys at the University of Denver Environmental Law Clinic conducted for the Sierra Club.

The study recommends the Colorado Oil & Gas Commission (COGCC) reject incomplete drilling permit applications, increase and standardize notification of residents near drilling and fracking, improve online information access and base setback requirements on science and necessary precautions to protect public health and environment. Continue reading

16Jan/15
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Ex-Mobil VP: Fracking Companies Push People Out of Homes (And Then Buy Their Silence)

America’s young fracking industry has been hailed and embraced by government officials. But energy independence comes at a cost: fracking pollutes rivers, causes earthquakes and spills waste on surrounding land. Is the price worth paying? How dire are the consequences of fracking? And why isn’t the public more alarmed? Today we ask these questions of a former vice-president of Mobil, now an anti-fracking activist. Lou Allstadt is on Sophie&Co today.

Sophie Shevarnadze: Lou Allstadt, former vice-president of Mobil, now anti-fracking activist, welcome to the show, it’s great to have you with us. Continue reading

12Jan/15
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Ethics Watch Report Analyzes Spending By Oil and Gas Industry In 2014 Election

DENVER – Today, Colorado Ethics Watch released Money Spill, a follow up to the organization’s 2013 Spend, Baby, Spend report, this time revealing significantly increased spending by the oil and gas industry during the 2014 election cycle compared to previous years.

While the 2013 report showed that oil and gas spent more than $800,000 on Colorado state elections (not including United States Senate or Congressional elections) over two election cycles (2010 and 2012), Money Spill shows that the industry spent a whopping $11.79 million on the 2014 election for Colorado state offices. Continue reading

12Jan/15
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Pope Francis Says No to Fracking

We’ve been busy lately providing news on all the great ways Pope Francis is working to create a healthy, sustainable planet. In July 2014, Pope Francis called destruction of nature a modern sin. In November 2014, Pope Francis said “unbridled consumerism” is destroying our planet and we are “stewards, not masters” of the Earth. In December 2014, he said he will increase his call this year to address climate change. And, last week we announced that Pope Francis is opening his Vatican farm to the public.

Now, we learn from Nicolás Fedor Sulcic that Pope Francis is supportive of the anti-fracking movement. Continue reading