Monthly Archives: September 2015

24Sep/15
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Comments made at EPA hearing on Methane Rules. September 23, 2015

Comments made at EPA hearing on Methane Rules.  September 23, 2015

As I was preparing for this I thought what should I tell the EPA?

I could tell you that methane is 86 times more potent than CO2 as a green house gas. But you already know that.

I could tell you that everyone touts the Colorado methane regulations, but the methane and other toxins in our air here have increased. But you already know that.

I could tell you that Methane and the other VOC’s from fracking are contributing to very high ozone here, so high that the American Lung Association gave us an F and you, the EPA have labeled us as a non attainment area. But you already know that.

I could tell you that methane is leaking not only from fracking extraction sites, but at every point along the way. But you already know that.

I could tell you that along with the methane spewing out of these wells it brings with it VOC’s that are dangerous to our health. But you already know that.

I could tell you that the amount of methane leaking is known to be vastly under estimated.  But you already know that.

I could tell you that methane is going to drastically increase global warming which will adversely affect all parts of the world with sea level rise, droughts, wild fires, habitat destruction, and more frequent severe weather. But you already know that.

But Have you thought of the consequences of that?

I decided I would read you a poem by Drew Dellinger

‘It’s 3.23 in the morning and I’m awake

Because my great-great-grandchildren won’t let me sleep.

My great-great-grandchildren ask me in dreams

“What did you do while the Planet was plundered?

What did you do when the Earth was unravelling?

Surely you did *something* when the Seasons started failing?

As the mammals, reptiles, birds were all dying?

Did you fill the streets with protest when Democracy was stolen?

What did you *do* once you knew?” ‘

When you turn a blind eye to fracking, you are participating in the war against the future of our children, which is being waged by the fossil fuel industry.

So here is what I will tell you.  There is no need for new regulations.  The President has the power and needs to have the courage to eliminate all new wells and should do so immediately.  The EPA needs reclaim their power to enforce all the regulations that were ended with the Halliburton loophole.  All current wells that are non compliant need to be closed if compliance isn’t met within a month. Enforcement of the Clean air, Clean water, RCRA and other regulations with severe immediate consequences must happen.  This would have an immediate effect on our environmental degradation and on the US contribution to climate change.  Don’t say it can’t be done.  It can.  Put people to work building an infrastructure for the future instead of export terminals for fossil fuels.

Tell President Obama and the head of the EPA: You KNOW. Now what will you do?

24Sep/15
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RALLY September 23 for EPA Methane Rules Hearling

When I was trying to decide what to write for this occasion I saw another one of those commercials.  You know the commercials?  The ads that are from Noble or some other part of the industry.  I thought: I know what I can do.  I could do talk that is a version of 3 truths and a lie.  3 Truths and a Lie is an ice breaker game where you give three true facts about yourself and 1 lie.  The rest of the team then decides what is true.  Here’s my new game called: Many Lies and Little Truth.  It should be a fun game.  I will give you statements and you tell me truth or lie.  Here we go.  Yell out your answers.

  1. Let’s start with the commercial showing the cute woman who has an organic farm and raises goats and allows fracking on her land because it is so safe. Is fracking safe? Truth or lie?  What I hear is that she does have an organic farm, does raise goats, she just leases her mineral rights that are not on her organic farm but allows the wells next to some other family.

By the way the punch line that those of us who are trying to stop fracking, get her goat, makes me feel a little crazy.

  1. Water has never been contaminated by fracking? Lie, we have tons of evidence that it has been contaminated.  Plus, it is not normal for water to light on fire.
  2. Fracking has been done safely for 65 years! LIE? Yes another lie. The current form of high pressure, high volume, hydraulic fracking started in the late 90’s.  And has never been safe.
  3. We need this oil and gas to be energy independent. Lie: they are trying to get the export ban lifted. They are building terminals on both coasts and the gulf to be ready to export. That doesn’t sound like they need it for us to be energy independent.  This is simply about corporate profits.
  4. There is a commercial with a cute mother with the soccer kids. She says wouldn’t support any industry that pollutes.  Does this industry pollute?  Yes a LIE.  She is supporting fracking which is polluting our air. We are a non-attainment area for Ozone across much of the state.  The American Lung Association gave many of us an F for air quality.  This industry pollutes the air with deadly toxins and is putting our children at risk.  She probably lives in a gated community up the mountain out of this filthy air.
  5. The economy of Colorado will collapse if oil and gas industry is not allowed to continue full speed ahead with fracking.   The economics of fracking is usually stated in an inflated way.  They count the worker and also use a formula to also count people in the area where he works, so the barber, the person who checks out his groceries…and so on.  The truth is: -According to the Department of Commerce, oil and gas accounts for less than 1 % of the jobs in CO.  That’s about 30,000 jobs. It is estimated that transitioning to renewables would create 87,000 jobs in Colorado. 
  6. Governor Hickenlooper’s task force gave citizens of Colorado a voice in oil and gas operations. Why is Governor Hickenlooper protecting a dangerous, industrial practice instead of creating jobs, saving tax payer money, and protecting our health, air and water by transitioning to renewables? Why is he suing the citizens who voted to keep this dangerous industry out of our communities?
  7. The oil and gas industry is heavily regulated.   They are exempt from several federal acts including the clean air, clean water and RCRA which is about toxic waste disposal.  If they were safe why do they need these exemptions?
  8. Governor Hickenlooper frequently states that Colorado has the strictest methane rules in the country. California’s Governor says they have the strictest regulations.  TWO Lies. Flir camera video show how much toxic air pollution s rolling off the well pads. Methane leaks from the point of fracking to production on through to consumption.  Every point is a potential leak.  All these methane leaks are contributing to climate change. Recent studies reveal that the amount of methane leaking has been vastly underestimated.
  9. Fracking is a dirty disgusting form of extreme energy production. It is responsible for air, water, land pollution, habit destruction, and unhealthy communities. TRUTH

 

If you haven’t testified yet, go tell the EPA to listen to the truth, listen to scientists not industry lobbyists.  Tell the EPA that fracking is never safe. The EPA needs to lead us to a future free from fossil fuel!