We need a Water Plan that Protects and Conserves Water!

Governor Hickenlooper has called for the creation of Colorado’s first-ever state water plan and the Colorado Water Conservation Board needs to hear from you now!

Ask them to ensure that this plan prioritizes keeping Colorado’s rivers healthy and flowing and protecting wildlife while meeting the needs of Colorado’s growing population as well its many farms, businesses, and recreational water-lovers.

Colorado Currents - Summer 2015

Colorado Currents
summer 2015 edition

Water Protection Priorities for Colorado

“Every conversation about water ought to begin with conservation.” Those were the words of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in his 2013 State of the State Address. In May 2013, Governor Hickenlooper issued an executive order directing the Colorado Water Conservation Board to develop a “State Water Plan” that would create a roadmap for water use.

For many years, Colorado cities and towns have pulled water from the state’s rivers to meet growing demand. Colorado’s rivers cannot sustain this demand on a long-term basis. Water conservation and healthy river flows should be across the board priorities in Colorado. As little as a 1% reduction per year in water use across Colorado could conserve enough water to serve more than 1.8 million Colorado families. At a minimum, this should be adopted as a goal through 2050. Read more.

Take action today for a state water plan that puts conservation first!

Congratulations Kristin Stephens!

Congratulations to Kristin Stephens on her victory in Tuesday’s Fort Collins municipal election. We endorsed Kristin because she is a committed advocate for protecting the environment and maintaining a high quality of life in Fort Collins.

Gene: Fracking Frontlines

Gene - Fracking FrontlinesHis name is Gene and he lives in Greeley.

This is his story:

There are four wells and twelve tanks proposed to be built within 360 feet of where I live. This isn't the right place to build that. I'm legally blind, and several of my neighbors are handicapped. Having an increase in traffic in the area will be hazardous to our health and mobility, not to mention the hazard to the children and high school students who live in the area. This project is located in the heart of a residential area with three sides bordered by houses. Constructing these wells would change the entire safety of the area for someone like me.

Learn more at Fracking Frontlines

Connie and Mel: Fracking Frontlines

Connie nd Mel - Fracking FrontlinesTheir names are Connie and Mel, they live in Windsor.

This is their story.

"They have not even considered the consequences of their actions on nearby residents, which will include the impact on our health, damage to our roads, dust, noise, polluting the air we breathe and the water we drink, not to mention a decline in our property values.

We live about two miles from another drilling site, and when our windows are open, we can hear the noise caused by the drilling and smell the emissions.

During burn-off, the formerly beautiful night sky is no is all lit up, causing an eerie sight. It is unimaginable what a drilling operation within 700 feet of my home would be!

Holding the Task Force Accountable

The Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper in August of 2014. The 21-member Task Force is comprised of an equal number of representatives from the oil and gas industry, the environmental and impacted communities, and a group of neutral experts. They are responsible for making a series of policy recommendations to the State Legislature concerning the surface impacts of oil and gas development and concerning other residential impacts.

Colorado Currents - Fall 2014

Colorado Currents

Fall 2014 Edition 

Blue Ribbon Oil and Gas Task Force Gets Underway

In August, Governor Hickenlooper announced the creation of the state commissioned Blue Ribbon Oil and Gas Task Force. The Task force is charged with making policy recommendations focused on state and local regulations of oil and gas operations. The task force is comprised of an equal number of representatives from affected communities, the environmental community, civic organizations, agriculture, and the oil and gas industry. The task force will make its policy recommendations in late February 2015.

The creation of the task force was the result of a compromise between two ballot initiative campaigns proposing both pro- and anti-oil and gas amendments to the Colorado constitution. Rep. Jared Polis was backing two of these initiatives. One would have given local governments more control over oil and gas development within their borders. The second initiative would have mandated a 2,000 foot setback rule — keeping drill sites at least 2,000 feet from homes. Additionally, the oil and gas industry was offering two ballot initiatives that would have taken local control away from municipalities and blocked communities attempting to regulate oil and gas operations from receiving oil and gas tax revenues. Read more 

Colorado Currents | Winter 2013

colorado currents
2013 Winter/Legislative Session Edition

Oil and Gas Drilling and Fracking

Clean Water Action has worked with local groups around the state to raise awareness of water dangers and other risks posed by oil and gas drilling and fracking. Together with local “fractivists” and municipalities, Clean Water Action helped win new fracking regulations and local moratorium measures, including those in Fort Collins and Boulder County. The Fort Collins moratorium is in effect through July 2013. The Boulder County moratorium expires this February, but will likely be extended to give the county time to update and strengthen its recently adopted fracking regulations. Helping additional communities exercise their rights for local control of drilling and fracking operations is a priority for the coming year.

“Setback” rules determining the distance allowed between drill sites and structures such as homes and schools were also hotly debated. Current state law allows drilling and fracking as close 350 feet in densely populated areas and 150 feet in rural areas. A state “setbacks stakeholder” group is recommending new drill site setback standards.

Communities along the Front Range are concerned about current standards and are looking to scientific studies to guide setbacks rulemaking. Clean Water Action supports a 2,000-foot minimum drill site setback in Colorado. Read more

Oil from rocks?

Oil shale deposits, Colorado.  Photo by Doc SearlsDo you believe in magic? Big Oil and their supporters hope so, as they advocate their latest domestic energy source: oil shale.

Oil shale is neither oil nor shale. This finely-grained sedimentary rock - more properly known as organic marlstone - is infused with kerogen, not oil. Kerogen is a dense blend of ancient algae and pond scum, and is an essential ingredient in oil and natural gas. But transforming kerogen to oil requires millennia, coupled with intense heat and crushing geologic pressure. Otherwise the kerogen remains a relatively energy-poor waxy deposit in sedimentary rocks, such as oil shale.

Clean Water Action Applauds Colorado Water Plan

After several years in the making, today the Governor released the Colorado Water Plan to begin to address the state’s future water supply needs. Clean Water Action applauds Governor Hickenlooper for investing in this effort and prioritizing water conservation.

“Clean Water Action’s members provided thousands of comments during the process calling on the state water plan to include strong water conservation, natural water storage and to not invest in costly water projects,” said Kathy Aterno, National Managing Director.

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11/19/2015 - 15:00
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