Colorado Rising to testify!

Hear Joe Salazar, executive director of Colorado Rising, and former Colorado state legislator, testify on behalf of all Front Range citizens affected by oil & gas operations. Tentatively scheduled for 3:45pm.


This online event will be presented by the Larimer Alliance for Health, Safety, & the Environment and Colorado Rising on Wednesday, March 16 at 6:00 PM. We’ll have speakers who can document poor air quality along the Front Range and beyond, the resulting negative health consequences, and ways to precisely measure exactly what is contributing to this problem. We can then discuss the need for more civic engagement for necessary action from our regional governments and regulators. 


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.


Frack of the State, Frack of the Climate Rally

Sponsored by Safe and Healthy Colorado, 350 Colorado, Colorado Rising, Physicians for Social Responsibility Colorado, Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate and many, many more. . .
As the Colorado Legislature opens on January 9 and Gov. Polis prepares his State of the State speech for January 17, we must make it clear that our elected officials need to stop the permitting of more dangerous oil and gas drilling and fracking projects that harm our health, climate, air, and water. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has approved over 5600 new oil and gas wells since Gov. Polis took office, including permits for over 1,000 fracking wells in the last few months alone, despite the objections of community members and leaders in impacted communities. These permits are especially negligent of the needs of Black, Latino, and Indigenous people in Aurora and Weld County who are already facing multiple sources of air pollution and the consequent health effects. Join us at the State Capitol during Gov. Polis’ State of the State Address to tell him and the Colorado Legislature that the oil and gas wars are NOT OVER and we want to see a phase out of permitting for oil and gas wells by 2030 and a just transition to a clean renewable energy future. We’ll urge our leaders and community members to sign onto this related support letter: (Please share it widely!)
Please join us at the West Steps of the State Capitol building at 10:30 am to prepare for an 11 am start. We plan on having powerful speakers, artwork, public theater and joining voices to make our message heard.