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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.
10Jul/15
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JOIN US NOW TO DEMAND LOCAL RIGHTS: Call out the COGCC Rulemaking Sham

I stand by the pessimistic view most of us had of the Blue Ribbon Panel. It was loaded with oil and gas industry executives and other fossil fuel advocates. Only a few (less than a third) were known to be skeptical of the industry’s claims regarding the safety of fracking. Out of this rigged panel came recommendations for COGCC to work on, through rule making. Meetings are now scheduled around the state to get stakeholder input on two of these recommendations.

These two initiatives are both examples of feel good measures that have little chance of improving the lives of citizens who live in the path of the dirty, polluting industry.

I can say this without doubt for two reasons:
1) How the meetings were scheduled. COGCC posted the meeting schedule on July 7th and the first meeting was actually held July 7th. Disturbingly, the location of the meeting was Encana’s downtown Denver office and the meeting was hosted by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, the American Petroleum Institute, and the Colorado Petroleum Association.  The choice of location and hosts makes it painfully clear that the COGCC is putting the interests of the industry ahead of citizens’ interests.

2) The recommendations themselves maintain the state’s ability to deprive local communities of any meaningful power over the actions of the industry within their jurisdictions. From recommendation 17: “Where siting solutions are not possible, the Director would require mitigations to limit the intensity and scale of the operations, as well as other mitigations, to lessen the impacts on neighboring communities.” From recommendation 20: “This proposal is to recommend the framework which will facilitate incorporation of drilling plans into municipal comprehensive planning.”

Neither of these recommendations actually allow a local entity to exercise local control.

An overview of these two recommendations:
Number 17 calls for local government and operators to work together to site “Large Scale Oil and Gas Facilities” in “Urban Mitigation Areas.” The rule making is to adopt a process for local governments to interact with an application to drill, define what constitutes “Large Scale Oil and Gas Facilities,” and define authority and procedures of COGCC when permitting these facilities. The procedure will include “siting tools to keep these away from residential areas when feasible.” (emphasis is mine)
Number 20 calls for local governments to “include incorporating potential oil and gas development into local comprehensive plans.” Operators are to register with local governments if they are planning to drill in the next 5 years and give the number of wells, maps of current and potential well sites and infra structure so that the industry has access to those sites.

Neither of these proposals even hint that we, the citizens living near proposed drilling and fracking sites, may be afforded any power at all in the process. Just more “stand by and get fracked.” It is time to take action! Raise our voices! Please try to attend one of the meetings, and bring your family and friends. Let the COGCC know we are tired of being their guinea pigs in a giant health experiment. Let them know we demand clean air, water and land free from pollution. Let them know we want our democracy back!  Time to BAN FRACKING NOW!

The meetings schedule is below. I hope to see many of you at one or more of these.

July 7, 2015 1:00-3:00 p.m. COGA, CPA, API Encana Oil and Gas 370 17th Street Suite 1700
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. City and County of Broomfield The Chateau at Fox Meadows 13600 Xavier Lane Broomfield, CO
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 1:30-4:00 p.m. City of Brighton Brighton City Hall, 6th Floor City Council Study Session Rm. 500 S. Fourth Ave
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 1:30-4:00 p.m. Garfield County Grand River Health Conference Facility 501 Airport Road Rifle
Monday, August 3, 2015 5:30-8:00 p.m. Weld County Greeley Administration Building 1150 O Street, Greeley
Thursday August 6th TBD La Plata County La Plata County Administration Building 1101 E. 2nd Avenue Durango, CO

21Feb/15
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USGS: Fracking Is The Cause of Earthquakes In Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA — It’s the million dollar question in Oklahoma: What’s causing all the earthquakes?

There have been a lot of theories about fracking causing earthquakes. But now, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) says that fracking, is indeed, to blame. 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

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