ICYMI: Important News Stories from the Last Few Weeks

October 2, 2014,

KREX News Channel 5 – Decision on Whitewater Oil Drilling Expected in October
The deeply flawed Whitewater drilling approval from the BLM’s Grand Junction Office should have a decision sometime next month. We’re hopeful that the agency will recognize the flaws we raised in our request for a State Director Review of the proposal, and find appropriate ways to remedy them. READ MORE

Bloomberg – Leaky Wells Spur Call for Stricter Rules on Gas Drilling
“The differentiation between fracking and well integrity is important to the professionals, but to the public they don’t care about that distinction,” said Rob Jackson, professor of earth sciences at Stanford University. “Fracking and horizontal drilling has enabled the whole process, and they don’t care what step their water has been harmed by.” READ MORE

Colorado Public Radio – Residents Worry Urban Drilling Will Turn Downtowns Into Oil Towns
In case you missed it, CPR had a good story on one Brighton woman’s concerns when a “sleazy car salesman” like representative tried to convince her to sign a mineral lease for her small downtown plot without answering her questions. “I don’t want to become an oil town. When the oil leaves or when it dries up, what will happen to Brighton when it’s gone?”  LISTEN HERE 

KDVR Fox 31  Colorado Fracking Task Force Holds First Meeting
“The panel, which includes government officials, civic leaders and representatives of the energy industry, will meet several times during the coming months and issue suggestions to lawmakers by next March on how to resolve property disputes and public health concerns arising from oil and gas drilling near homes and schools.” READ MORE

The Durango Herald: The power of money is on oil industry’s side
During the recent ballot initiative efforts in Colorado, one of the frequent statements made by the energy industry was that the local fracking moratoriums and the statewide ballot initiatives were being funded and secretly run by “outsiders” from “back east.” The initiatives were actually being developed with local funds raised one cake at a time, and managed largely by groups of volunteers. An early organizing meeting in Denver had over 150 volunteers and 3 local environmental group staff — with only one speaker from Utah discussing relevant environmental issues. Our friend Dan Olson from Durango recently attended an industry sponsored event where industry spokespersons again stated that environmentalists do their work because they are are paid to do it.  READ MORE

USA Today – People near ‘fracking’ wells report health woes
“People living near natural-gas wells were more than twice as likely to report upper-respiratory and skin problems than those farther away, says a major study Wednesday on the potential health effects of fracking.” READ MORE

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