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LARIMER ALLIANCE AND 350 NORTHERN COLORADO RALLY BEFORE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING

Our friends from Colorado Rising and 350 Northern Colorado at the August 30 rally!

The Larimer Alliance and 350 Northern Colorado staged a rally outside the County Courthouse Tuesday morning, August 30, before the County Commissioners’ administrative matters meeting. They continued to call for the County to pro-actively enforce their own oil and gas regulations. Representatives from Colorado Rising, The Plymouth Congregational Church, Foothills Unitarian Church, Citizens Climate Lobby, and the Sierra Club were also present.

This coverage from the Loveland Reporter-Herald describes the rally, and the statements made before the Commissioners’ during the public comments section of the meeting.

https://www.reporterherald.com/2022/08/30/environmental-activists-rally-at-larimer-county-meeting/amp/

As noted in the coverage, the Commissioners had made statements following an executive session last week, indicating their intent to pursue more active enforcement of the County’s own regulations on new and existing oil and gas operations. This is a significant departure from their previous stance that such regulation would not be possible with existing facilities. We view this as a positive development, and hope to be part of the process of enabling such enforcement protocols.

Much of this focus on enforcement was prompted by concerns over the poorly operated Prospect Energy facilities North of Fort Collins, which had been causing health issues for local residents for years. Calls for more activity on the part of the County in dealing with this have been put forth by the Alliance and its regional allies. In another significant development, the Air Pollution Control Division finally enacted a shutdown order on the Krause tank battery in that area of Larimer County. This coverage from the Fort Collins Coloradoan details this State action, and includes comments from Alliance representative Doug Henderson:

https://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2022/08/25/prospect-energy-oil-gas-near-fort-collins-ordered-shut-down/65457107007/

Doug can also be heard in this interview on KGNU pubic radio our of Boulder, aired live just before our rally started. His section on the program picks up at about 6 minutes 50 seconds in the recording:

https://news.kgnu.org/2022/08/morning-magazine-podcast-tuesday-august-30-2022/

The Commissioners’ Administrative Meeting can be viewed in this video, with the public comments section opening the session:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J_COSc7IEw&ab_channel=LarimerCountyGovernment

These are all positive developments, and none of this would have been possible without the support and teamwork of our community and our great friends in all our allied groups. There will be more attention to be paid to ensure that effective regulation is really enabled, and acted upon. Our thanks to all of you for all you do. . .

Participants and signs at the August 30 rally
Participants and signs at the August 30 rally

 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:

Register for this air quality webinar

At this convenient link

   

For all you do, our thanks!

 

Or if you prefer, mail checks made out to Larimer Alliance to

401 E. Prospect Rd.  Fort Collins, CO 80525 

www.larimeralliance.org  www.corising.org

Check out relevant events on our Calendar Page!

Recording of March 16 Webinar “Northern Colorado Air Quality”

Online even co-sponsored with Colorado Rising, featuring the following speakers:

Andrew Klooster, Colorado Field Advocate with Earthworks, is an expert videographer and a certified optical gas imaging thermographer. He has been working with local environmental groups in the Front Range for years, has documented many instances of VOC and methane pollution sources in the region, and is very familiar with the situations of many of the afflicted communities.

Dr Cory Carroll, MD, Physicians for Social Responsibility Colorado, will detail health impacts he has seen in his patients from being exposed to ozone, VOCs, and other dangerous air emissions, based on his professional experience with patients.

Dr. Detlev Helmig, CEO of BoulderAIR, will discuss findings from his continuous air quality monitoring study at 5 installations in the Front Range (Boulder, Longmont (2), Erie & Broomfield), which have identified quantity and source of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) contributing to the formation of ozone along the Front Range. Many of these VOCs are toxic and can traced directly to oil and gas operations in the region.

See this link to a YouTube recording of the webinar, which was a resounding success: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfuViYOE940

Sign on to our petition calling on the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County to establish comprehensive 2/7 real-time air quality monitoring: https://secure.ngpvan.com/7UocbEb5yE–XV1viRSpNQ2https://secure.ngpvan.com/7UocbEb5yE–XV1viRSpNQ2

Comments by Tim Gosar on continued leakage from Prospect Energy Krause Tank Site N. of Fort Collins

Good morning Commissioners,


I’m Tim Gosar a long-time resident of Larimer County & coordinator of The Larimer Alliance for Health, Safety & the Environment. Thank you for this opportunity to speak & engage you this morning.


One of this commission’s great accomplishments was re-writing Larimer County’s O&G regulations that prioritized & better protected public health, safety, the environment and wildlife. Thank you very much for this! The next step after passing much better regulations is the fair & swift implementation of them.


You’ve heard the clear and convincing evidence regarding Prospect Energy’s polluting and general disregard for the health and safety of Vonn, Amy, Charley and all the citizens of Larimer County. Willfully polluting, poisoning and disregarding the health & safety of the residents of Larimer County, the environment and wildlife is very troubling to say
the least and must be stopped.


You passed new O&G regulations that went into effect on 9/15/21 that address this disregard for public health, safety and the environment that I’d like to point out & reference:


• 11.5 (Enforcement & Inspections) – Bottom of page 27
o 11.5.1 (Compliance)

• New & existing O&GF’s shall demonstrate compliance with this and all other relevant sections of this code. Failure of an Operator to maintain compliance with the County approval of an O&GF may result in the suspension or revocation of the approval pursuant to the procedures in this Code.

o 11.5.5 (Cease & Desist) – next page


▪ The Director has the authority to issue a Cease & Desist order, requiring the Operator to stop all affected O&G operations where there is: subsection (2) 3 or more documented violations which threaten public health, safety, welfare, wildlife or the environment within a (6) month time frame.


Colorado and Larimer County require that O&G gas is regulated in a way that prioritizes public health & safety, the environment and wildlife. Prospect Energy is endangering Amy, Von, Charley and Larimer residents, along with polluting the environment which must bring a Cease-and-Desist order (section 11.5.5)! The violations of law are clear and convincing per Larimer County’s O&G regulations and CO law. I implore you to use the enforcement mechanisms I referenced to shut
the Prospect Energy’s Krause facility down! Activate that fair and swift enforcement please! The Krause facility is harming our great community and needs to be shut down! Thank you.