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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

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

17Dec/14
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Fracking Brought Spikes In Crime, Road Deaths and STDs

As New York cited health concerns for an impending statewide fracking ban, a study released Thursday found the effects in Pennsylvania may be far broader than water pollution.

Communities with the highest intensity of natural gas drilling have seen increased rate of crime, motor vehicle fatalities and even sexually transmitted diseases. While the influx of energy workers hasn’t significantly increased population figures, it coincided with a surge in rental prices across the Marcellus Shale region. Continue reading