By Erin Adair, Colorado Program Coordinator
In Colorado, we’ve been extremely engaged on oil and gas issues from fracking on federal public lands down to the fights local communities are waging with the State to keep fracking out of their neighborhoods and away from schools. Recently, the State went through a rulemaking process to increase drill site setback and create drill site groundwater monitoring standards. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) is appointed by the Governor and oversees oil and gas operations in the state. The COGCC heard testimony and public comment from many stakeholders including our members and other activists concerned with the impacts of drilling and fracking close to homes and schools.
We’ve been hard at work on our Don’t Frack Denver’s Water campaign – and it’s going great! We’ve found overwhelming support along the Front Range for our efforts to protect drinking water and our environment from the impact of drilling and fracking. This campaign specifically addresses the parcels of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands near the headwaters of the South Platte River and three reservoirs that provide drinking water for nearly 2 million metro Denver residents. Drilling and fracking in this sensitive area has the potential to not only pollute drinking water sources for metro Denver, but could devastate wildlife habitats and impact pristine hunting and fishing areas.
The Hickenlooper appointed Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission had the opportunity to create stronger drilling and fracking regulations around drill site setbacks and water testing. However, these new rules are "pathetically weak". Take Action - Ask our legislative leaders to stand up and protect us from the impacts of fracking!
The rules are a failure of the Hickenlooper Administration; he needs to stand up for the people of Colorado, no stand with the oil and gas industry. It is now up to Colorado lawmakers at the capitol to create protective regulations on oil and gas drilling and fracking.
If you live in the Denver metro area, shouldn’t you have a say when it comes to deciding if and how drilling and fracking occurs near the rivers and reservoirs that supply your drinking water?