background on new year fundraising campaign to fund legal counsel

NEW YEAR FUNDRAISER CONTINUES

LARIMER ALLIANCE IS STILL WORKING TO HELP FUND THE LAWYERS ADVOCATING WITH US FOR BETTER FINANCIAL ASSURANCES RULEMAKING AT THE COGCC

The LarimerAlliance is working to advocate for implementing effective new rules on the oil and gas industry, both locally here in Larimer County and before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). We are hoping to assist in the funding of lawyers and other technical experts as new financial assurance regulations are developed by the COGCC

The Larimer Alliance is urging the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to require full cost bonding for all new and existing wells, and all wells upon transfer. Colorado taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for day-to-day operations, nor for the pollution, spills, or disasters associated with oil & gas (O&G) operations. The most recent draft of financial assurance rules presents a proposal for blanket bonding of O&G sites, rather than requiring full cost coverage individually for completed operations or abandoned wells. A detailed discussion of the full cost of dealing with wells at the end of their service can be heard in this segment of KUNC’s Colorado Edition, talking with Andrew Forkes-Gudmunson of LOGIC. Examples of continued emissions from an abandoned O&G facility can be seen in Earthworks videos utilizing Optical Gas Imaging enabled by FLIR technology, as seen in the screen captures above and in this blog post.

The LarimerAlliance asks your continued financial support to help compensate an attorney representing us in the final stages of the COGCC financial assurance rulemaking. As party to State level rule making, we have worked in the past with attorneys from the Conservation Groups coalition, which includes organizations such as LOGIC and Earthjustice. We will again collaborate with them at the upcoming hearings for this round of rulemaking, currently scheduled for January and February of 2022, as detailed in this post from the Larimer Alliance blog. Having knowledgeable, skilled, dedicated, and persuasive legal help is imperative to our success.

We’ve set a goal for this drive of $4,000.00, and we have already raised $2,745.00

Our goal is for the COGCC to enact rules so that all new and existing wells, and all wells upon transfer, will be required to carry full cost bonding. Your  continued contributions will help us add a legal expert to aid in advocating on our behalf of this extremely important goal.

The Larimer Alliance will continue to provide

updates on the progress of these hearings,

and on opportunities to provide public comment.

For all you do, our continued thanks!

Or if you prefer please send checks made out to

the Larimer Alliance to401 E. Prospect Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80525

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