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04Aug/15
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Declaration Rejecting the Legitimacy of COGCC

Below is the new Declaration Rejecting the legitimacy of the COGCC. On August 3rd this was delivered to Matt LePore, Director of COGCC, at a hearing in Greeley. As we prepared for the hearings, we realized that no matter what we said when we testify, how many personal stories of harm people experienced, or how many scientific studies we give them, they are unfazed. The COGCC is serving as a rubber stamp agency for the this Extreme Extraction Industry and doesn’t care that communities are being polluted. It is time to say ENOUGH. Join us as we continue to tell COGCC, the Governor and Legislators that they cannot continue to put our communities in harms way

Declaration Rejecting the Legitimacy of the
Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

Whereas:
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has failed in its mission to:

“protect the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens and
protect the welfare of the environment and wildlife resources”.

We, Coloradans Against Fracking, find it necessary to reject the authority of Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to make decisions that negatively impact our health, our air, our water, and our land, or violate the will of the voters seeking to protect their health, air quality, water quality, or property from the impacts of oil and gas extraction. Therefore, it is our duty to continue to work to genuinely protect the people, wildlife and the environment of the state of Colorado.

Addendum

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Mission Statement:
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission was created “to foster oil and gas development in the state of Colorado while protecting public health, safety, and welfare, including the protection and welfare of the environment and wildlife resources.”

Nothing about the current heavy industrial processes used to extract oil and gas is compatible with maintaining public health, safety and welfare or protecting the environment and wildlife resources. Toxic air pollution, explosions, fires, earthquakes, and toxic spills contaminating ground water & polluting rivers and streams all continue to occur. As drilling and transport of raw materials and waste increases, so does the incidence of “accidents”. The COGCC’s actions and regulations have not stopped the spills, accidents or earthquakes. Compatibility between this heavy, toxic industry and public health, safety and welfare is not possible within such close proximity of human activity.

Research, studies, data:
The dangerously irresponsible actions taken, or not taken, by the COGCC are not from a lack of competence. They are the result of selective interpretation by the COGCC of the edict written by the Colorado legislature defining their duty. By choosing to define their mission from the industry’s point of view, the COGCC gives themselves permission to ignore scientific documentation, data and empirical observation that prove toxic, adverse effects to our air, water, soil, health and property caused by oil & gas development: and to reference only studies solicited by and for industry when creating rules and regulations. The COGCC chooses to ignore the many peer reviewed, scientific studies made available to them. What may be the most offensive and harmful action of all, is that members of the COGCC choose to ignore the many personal testimonies of Coloradans who have been harmed by oil & gas development.

Process:
The actions of the COGCC demonstrate that the processes established to provide opportunity for public input and participation are intended only to create a false sense of security for the public; a facade meant to lure a trusting public into submission and complacency – with the secondary purpose of deflecting any and all who might challenge the authority of the COGCC to permit drilling when and wherever the industry chooses. Any comment, criticism or testimony that is not in support of the industry may be listened to, but are ultimately ignored.

Regulation:
COGCC regulations, insistently touted as the strongest in the country, are empty words created to provide a false sense of security. Monitoring and reporting is largely left to the industry with notice given in advance of inspection. Self-regulation amounts to no regulation. Token fines may be imposed in instances when a fine is legally required. These minimum fines are often dismissed when the company accepts the choice of performing community service. Here the COGCC has been consistent. They regularly apply no fine or a minimum fine for industry violations.

Coloradans Against Fracking says enough.

We, the people, simply cannot and will not recognize the legitimacy of a commission whose actions are detrimental to our health and safety, and to the health and safety of future generations. By both their actions and inaction, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission constantly and consistently fails to fulfill its mission and by doing so, fails to protect us, the residents of the state they are charged with protecting.

Therefore, Coloradans Against Fracking must, in all moral conscience, reject any authority the failed Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission claims to hold, and will continue to work to truly protect the citizens, wildlife and the environment of the state of Colorado.

28Jul/15
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ENOUGH! Greeley Event August 3rd

Monday, August 3, 5 p.m.:  Coloradans Against Fracking invites you to join us at the Weld County Admin. Building, 1150 O Street in Greeley. Representatives of CAF will be there to issue a declaration to the COGCC that will also be sent to our Governor.
Background: As you may know the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (Colorado’s regulatory commission on oil and gas development) is meeting with representatives from local governments to discuss the implementation of two recommendations from the Governor’s Oil and GasTask Force.  These recommendations will become regulations that are both dismissive and dangerous to our communities and our state.

#17 defines the size of well pads within our communities.  #20 allows oil and gas to dictate where within our cities they plan to drill in the future, so that space would be held and available for them to drill.  Neither give local governments or citizens any protection from extreme energy production. Both serve the industry; providing more evidence that the COGCC works for the industry they are charged with promoting, not for the citizens with whom they are charged with protecting.
These proceedings are not open for public comment but the public can attend.
 We know that any comment relating to the damage being done to us and our communities by oil and gas development will  continue to be ignored.
The COGCC already knows what is happening and
THEY DONT CARE!
They don’t care that our air is polluted.
They don’t care that our ground water is polluted.
They don’t care that we get sick from toxins.
They don’t care that our homes are being ruined.
They don’t care that our communities are unsafe.
The COGCC may claim the right to force extreme energy extraction and policies on our communities and our lives, but CAF proclaims
ENOUGH!
Meet the representatives of CAF near the front entrance of the building for more information on this important action event.
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Thank you.  See you Monday.
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It Is Time

I am going to post a speech I gave at a rally. Because IT IS TIME!

IT IS TIME
Time to stop saying natural gas is a bridge to the future; it is a bridge to nowhere
A new study shows that fracking for natural gas releases enough methane into the atmosphere to be 86 times worse than for the climate over a 20 year period than burning coal.
Time to end the Halliburton loophole that gives the oil and gas companies’ exemption from 7 federal acts including the clean air and water acts. If they weren’t polluting they wouldn’t need these exemptions. Continue reading

07Feb/15
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Don’t Allow Fracking In Denver

Denver is undeniably a special place. From our soaring mountain views and remarkable park system to our diverse communities, the quality of life for residents of the Mile High City is among the best in the nation. Unfortunately, our city is threatened by hydraulic fracturing, which jeopardizes our water, health and sense of community. Much is at stake if we allow this dangerous natural gas and oil extraction method within our city and watershed.

Nearly 40 percent of Denver’s drinking water comes from South Park, a 1,000-square-mile basin southwest of Denver, where the South Platte River begins. In spring, wildflowers carpet the valley floor; autumn burns bright with aspen trees turning yellow, orange, even red. Shockingly, this is where the Bureau of Land Management is considering leasing 280,000 acres for oil and gas development, including fracking. Continue reading