A very informative article from Peggy Tibbetts, who’s been writing about the anti-fracking and other environmental issues in western Colorado for some time. What’s quite interesting is how locals created a website to show exactly how the county commissioners used tax dollars to resist the implementation of SB-181, which is supposed to protect the health and environment and make that the priority, over promoting the oil and gas industry. It would appear that the Garfield County Commissioners are acting against the intent of the law:
Here is the recording of the April 12 webinar,
A full description of the webinar is on that webpage…highly recommended, if we do say so ourselves!
April 13: Demand extension of O&G moratoriums!
The Larimer Alliance is calling for public comment when The Larimer County Commissioners hold a public hearing at 3:30 PM, Tuesday, April 13. They will consider extending the current one month moratoriums on processing 1041 and oil and gas permits. The temporary moratoriums presently in force will expire on April 15. The hearing will take place in the hearing room of the County Courthouse and Administrative Building at 200 W. Oak St. in Fort Collins. Registration and general information on the meeting and agenda can be found on this page, and the direct link to register for this event can be found here.
The Commissioners and Planning Department have laudably extended the process for revision and public comment. The processing of applications related to oil and gas development should remain on hold until that process has been completed, and Larimer County has comprehensive and effective regulations in place.
If you are unable to attend this session, remember you can still register your opinion with the Commissioners at their administrative matters meeting, held regularly every Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM also at the County Courthouse. Your comment can be delivered virtually on line, by calling in, or by email as detailed here.
Why is all this important? Find out by attending
Cleaning Up Our Air: Oil and Gas Impacts on Larimer County
A webinar by Larimer Alliance, LOGIC, and Earthworks, April 12
Join an informative online forum on April 12 at 7:00 PM for an honest discussion on air quality and oil and gas development in Larimer County and the northern Front Range.
Cleaning Up our Air will feature respected panelists:
Mike Foote: A former state representative and senator who helped draft Senate Bill 19-181, Mike is an attorney who will highlight how changes in Colorado law now enable local governments to protect their communities.
Elise Jones: Executive Director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, former Boulder County Commissioner, and current member of the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, Elise will bring knowledge and experience as a policy maker and an organizer heading a group promoting more efficient and sustainable public energy systems.
Laurie Anderson: a Broomfield City Council member, resident, engineer, and mother, Laurie will speak about Broomfield’s efforts to protect residents and neighborhoods from harmful emissions by oil & gas development.
Andrew Klooster: A Colorado staffer with Earthworks, Andrew will show and explain images of emissions at oil and gas operations using Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) technology, discussing its implications for addressing damage to air quality in Larimer County and the northern Front Range.
Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson: Deputy Director of LOGIC, Andrew will moderate the forum.
The Larimer Alliance for Health, Safety, & the Environment is a coalition of citizens and groups advocating for effective regulation of oil and gas development to protect our people, communities, environment, and wildlife.
For further information or any questions, please contact [email protected].
Please consider a donation to help cover the costs of presenting this webinar and the Larimer Alliance’s ongoing work to protect ….
These are comments I made during live commentary at the public COGCC meeting on March 31, 2021:
Good evening Commissioners,
I am Doug Henderson, I live in Larimer County. I am speaking for the Larimer Alliance for Health, Safety and Environment, a coalition that represents thousands of Larimer County residents.
Oil & gas development has many financial costs that are externalized and avoided by the industry –
- O&G operations collide with residential areas and neighborhood — so people suffer and get sick
from these operations and emissions, with big costs to their lives, families, and communities
- property values decline, causing losses to homeowners
- communities become embroiled in fighting against O&G,
costing residents, local governments, and public agencies untold millions
- air and water get polluted, with huge costs now and into the future
- billions of gals of toxic waste gets pumped underground –
its false to pretend this won’t have costly consequences
- many spills, explosions, and fires occur,with costs to emergency services, people’s health,
and to the environment
- and the list also includes thousands of old wells and sites left by operators, for taxpayers to pay to clean up.
It is time that O&G operators are required to pay their way, to cover all their costs, from start to finish, to operate when and where it is genuinely profitable, not because it is subsidized by externalizing costs to others, to local communities, to local and state governments, and to taxpayers.
At this point, taxpayers are already facing the cost of plugging and cleaning up thousands of orphaned wells in Colorado, which will run to hundreds of millions. The O&G industry is unwilling to pay to clean up after itself.
It is this Commission’s responsibility to make sure that going forward, the O&G industry acts responsibly, and that operators are capable and responsible for fully covering costs.
COGCC must require full-cost bonding, set at a level that provides real financial incentive to properly shut down, plug, and abandon wells, and to fully reclaim and remediate sites. Every well needs to bonded. Inadequate bonding creates incentive for operators to escape properly shutting down and cleaning up sites.
Allowing blanket bonding must eliminated – in some cases now, the effective bond is under $1000 per well.
COGCC also should get serious about a mechanism for the O&G industry to pay for cleaning up orphaned wells and sites in Colorado – so taxpayers won’t be left with clean-up costs.
The industry claims to be responsible toward the public and the environment.
COGCC needs to be sure the industry and operators walk their talk – from start to finish, including cleaning up after all their operations and all sites, current, future, and past, instead of leaving it to taxpayers.
We thank the Commissioners and staff in COGCC who have genuinely embraced reform in oversight of O&G development in Colorado, including protecting the taxpayers from undue financial risk and cost.