ICYMI – Important News Stories from the Past Few Weeks

April 29, 2015 –

Greeley Tribune – Greeley firefighters extinguish blaze near Greeley-Weld County Airport
“A lightning bolt struck a water storage tank at the C4 facility east of the airport, causing a series of explosions and a fire that went on into the evening.” READ MORE

Washington Post – Rise of deadly radon gas in Pennsylvania buildings linked to fracking industry 
A new study “reported a disturbing correlation between unusually high levels of radon gas in … residences and an oil and gas production technique known as fracking. Researchers have also reported concerns about similar radon releases in parts of Colorado where fracking is also booming.” READ MORE

“An oil and gas waste water tank soars through the sky after an explosion on Friday near the Greeley-Weld Airport. An oil tanker was struck by lightning causing a fire to spread to two other trucks and the storage tanks behind.” Photo: KELSEY BRUNNER for The Tribune.

DCI – Letter: Don’t Frack the Fork
Jennifer Beck from Paonia:  “I felt so lucky to be able to drive home to this small piece of paradise yesterday and away from the oil and gas pads of my past. I love it here and I will do all I can to protect it from the money hungry.” READ MORE

DCI – Letter: Drilling Will Damage North Fork’s Reputation
Steve Ela, President of the Valley Organic Growers Association:  “VOGA farmers are building the economy of the valley by using its resources wisely, conserving its soil and valuing its water and clean air. We’re concerned that the huge increase in truck traffic through our towns and through our farmlands; the inevitable worsening of our air quality from diesel motors, dust and drilling operations; and the threat to our fragile water supply from leaks and spills upstream of our ditches, will damage our farms and our health.” READ MORE

The Guardian – US Government Says Drilling Causes Earthquakes
“US Geological Survey backpedals on previous research on wastewater fracking-induced earthquakes that have shaken eight states in last seven years.” READ MORE & READ THE REPORT

A man works to clear up bricks that fell from his in-laws’ home in Oklahoma in 2011. Earthquake frequency rose from 20 in 2009 to 585 in 2014. Photograph: Sue Ogrocki/AP.

Merchant Herald – United Conservation Community Submits Comments to BLM on Proposed Bull Mountain Drilling Plan
Conservationists submitted extensive and detailed comments calling on the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to give greater balance to conservation issues in their consideration of a proposed large-scale drilling project in the North Fork of the Gunnison River watershed. The groups requested a full analysis of social costs of carbon, including methane and carbon emissions, and urged protective measures such as phased-in development, ongoing air and water monitoring, and greater distance between drilling and water supplies. READ MORE & EXPLORE IN-DEPTH

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel – Study points to chemicals’ health threats
“The report was published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Technology, and is based on a review of 42 existing studies. It found health effects from exposure levels commonly found indoors and outdoors in the United States, and deemed safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.” READ MORE

Denver Post – Colorado joins oil-producing states’ lawsuit against BLM
“Colorado on Friday joined a lawsuit by oil-producing states challenging the federal government’s new rules for fracking on federal public lands. The lawsuit contends the U.S. Bureau of Land Management cannot impose regulations on hydraulic fracturing, arguing that federal law lets states regulate oil and gas operations. Wyoming and North Dakota launched the litigation.” READ MORE

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