UPCOMING WEBINAR JUNE 15 ON AIR QUALITY, PRESENTED BY LARIMER ALLIANCE AND COLORADO RISING

UPCOMING WEBINAR

Wednesday, June 15 at 6:00 PM

Northern Colorado Air Quality: What Can We Do?

Second in a series of webinars brought to you by

The Larimer Alliance and Colorado Rising

In March, we presented the first in this ongoing series discussing air quality issues along Northern Colorado’s Front Range. In that session, experts detailed the nature of our poor air quality, with discussions of different ways of monitoring it and how it affects everyone’s health. You can view a recording of that informative session at this link. 

A It’s no secret that we have serious issues with air quality in our region, as noted by both the American Lung Association and the US Environmental Protection Agency. The Larimer Alliance and Colorado Rising will once more host an online webinar on Wednesday, June 15, at 6:00 PM. We’ll highlight the nature of our poor air quality and what is being done to get a handle on it. We will feature the following speakers to address the ramifications of monitoring air quality and the advocacy for improved enforcement of relevant regulations:

  • Andrew Klooster: Colorado Field Advocate with Earthworks, and Certified Optical Gas Imaging Thermographer, Andrew uses industry-standard FLIR brand optical gas imaging cameras to document pollution not visible to the naked eye from oil and gas facilities. His field observations and videos of oil and gas operations in Colorado have been seen as part of testimony to state and local regulatory agencies, and have been featured recently in several news stories centered on some particularly problematic facilities.
  • Christiaan Van Woudenberg: As a former Trustee for the Town of Erie, Christiaan was instrumental in establishing a comprehensive air quality monitoring network in Erie to track emissions from local oil and gas sites, as well as regional air quality issues stemming from operations in the rest of Weld County. He is now focused on building an air quality monitoring application to aggregate these data and make them usable for residents across Colorado with a focus on disproportionately impacted communities.
  • Mike Foote: Mike served in the Colorado State Legislature for eight years, six as a State Representative, and two as a State Senator, where he was a key sponsor of Senate Bill 19-181, which altered the mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. An attorney for twenty years, Mike is currently operating a public-interest law firm focused on environmental and energy issues, serving individuals, communities, and non-profits working in this complex field.

Following their presentations, our speakers will join in a panel discussion to discuss how to more effectively utilize the data for community alerts and potential enforcement action, as well as to guide future legislative initiatives to continue to meet this challenge. Included in this panel will be:

  • Larimer County Commissioner Jody Shadduck-McNally.
  • Fort Collins City Council Member Tricia Canonico.
  • Broomfield City Council Member Laurie Anderson
  • Noted atmospheric scientist Detlev Helmig

The panel and audience will have the opportunity to raise questions, propose suggested action, and follow through on existing initiatives, such as:

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DEAR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: WE HAVE THE POWER!

Inspired by the May/June newsletter from the Poudre Canyon chapter of the Sierra Club, I sent the following email to our Larimer County Commissioners. Why? Because I, and the rest of the Larimer Alliance, are of the fervent belief that the Commisioners HAVE NOT BEEN ENFORCING THE LAW as written in SB-181. It seems that the Commissioners have been under the impression that they do not have the legal authority to regulate existing O&G operations — this is emphatically not the case, in our humble opinion!

See my email below for my reasons why:

Dear Commissioner Kefalas, 

Dear Commissioner Stephens, 

Dear Commissioner Shadduck-McNally: 

I would like to call your attention to the May/June newsletter of the Poudre Canyon chapter of the Sierra Club (attached). 

In there, it asserts, on sound legal grounds, that our county administrators have full authority under SB-181 to regulate existing oil and gas operations — no matter how long they have been in existence. 

That being the case, I would urge the commissioners to take stronger action to protect county residents from existing operations, such as longtime leaky tanks in northern Fort Collins belonging to Prospect Energy. For far too long, this operator has been getting by on inadequate repairs and flimsy excuses, while all the while continuing to expose local residents to the poisonous fumes escaping from them, and fouling the ambient environment. 

Just read/watch the first hand experience of Von Bortz, who lives in enough proximity of the Krause facility to suffer from its air pollution:

 Oil company hasn’t replaced leaking tanks near Fort Collins despite months of complaints

I hope the commissioners will take this suggestion in a positive manner, and know that we, the citizens of Larimer County, are only trying to enforce SB-181 in the spirit and letter of the law in which it as written and intended — and not reinterpreted in some way to twist it to protect the oil and gas industry. 

Sincerely, 

–​ Rick​

Rick Casey

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