ICYMI: Important News Stories From the Past Few Weeks

August 27, 2014,

From time to time, we’ll bring you important news stories, new reports, and other relevant information about irresponsible oil and gas development locally, regionally, and nationally. Here’s the latest: 

WFAA ABC 8 – Scientists: Tests prove fracking to blame for flaming Parker County wells
Scientists in Texas “say test results just released by state regulators provide concrete evidence linking fracking and groundwater contamination.” READ MORE

Denver Post – Long list of applicants delays decision on oil/gas task force
After the compromise that avoided fracking-related initiatives from appearing on this November’s ballot, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission is slow to take shape. READ MORE

Denver Business Journal – Oil and gas execs plan more public outreach, even without ballot battle
Instead of spending an estimated–and whopping–$40 million on this fall’s election, the oil and gas industry willcontinue to spend on outreach efforts to try and convince you that oil and gas development is nothing but safe and clean. Meanwhile, a recent analysis from AP found that there’s a “deadly side effect” to the fracking boom.

Longmont Times CallWeld County resident says fracking is costing him sleep
“The problem, Lozinski said, is that he has frequently been awakened and kept awake by the noise from the drilling and fracking that’s been going on this summer at oil and gas wells near his rural Firestone-area home.” READ MORE

High Country News: Poll shows strong Latino support for conservation
A new poll found that ” whopping 93 percent of those interviewed said they believe the government should protect public lands for recreation and the overall health of the environment. What’s more, the results spanned age demographics and party affiliation, a clear indication, says Trujillo, that for Latinos partisanship doesn’t play a role in how they value the land.” READ MORE

 ProPublica – Report: Drillers Illegally Using Diesel Fuel to Frack
“An analysis by an environmental group finds hundreds of cases in which drillers used diesel fuel without obtaining permits and sometimes altered records disclosing they had done so.” READ MORE

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