Drilling and fracking are marching across the Front Range of Colorado, into suburban neighborhoods beside homes, schools, and playgrounds. Local environmental groups like Clean Water Action are being inundated with requests from residents to help protect their homes and families. Drilling and fracking for oil and gas can have serious impacts, including:
Clean Water Action is organizing in communities across the Front Range to educate residents about the negative impacts of drilling and fracking and encouraging people to take action. Drilling and fracking is on the tip of everyone’s tongue and has seen significant attention at the local, state, and federal levels.
U.S. Representatives Mike Coffman (CO-6), Scott Tipton (CO-3), and Doug Lamborn (CO-5) have sponsored a trio of bad bills in Congress that would fast-track leasing and permitting for drilling and fracking on public lands. Environmental groups call these the “3 Stooges” bills but they are anything but funny. Clean Water Action does not support this kind of public-lands giveaway legislation. However, it is not hard to see why these Representatives would sponsor such Big Oil and gas friendly legislation:
These Colorado congressmen, who are all on the powerful Natural Resources Committee also oppose federal regulations on drilling and fracking — specifically proposed Department of Interior rules requiring disclosure of fracking chemicals and strengthening well safety. Clean Water Action fully supports increased federal regulation on drilling and fracking to protect water and health.
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission convened a “Setback Stakeholder’s Group” to determine how close drilling and fracking operations can be to homes and schools. Scientific studies indicate that cancer causing air emissions may cause health impacts to people up to a half mile from a drill site. Water impacts, noise and light impacts from 24/7 drilling and fracking, and impacts on home values all serious concens. Clean Water Action supports significantly larger setbacks to protect people from oil and gas drilling and fracking.
“Fracktivists” in communities across the Front Range are fighting for stronger regulations on drilling and fracking as companies are leasing and drilling close to homes, schools, and neighborhoods. Citizens in Fort Collins, Longmont, Erie, Fredrick, Loveland, Boulder, Aurora, Centennial and other communities have weighed in on this issue at city council meetings, organized protests, and neighborhood meetings. Many of these communities have since seen moratoriums put in place within city limits to delay drilling and fracking activity. Clean Water Action continues to support “fractivist” citizen groups who are working tirelessly at the local level.
In the past three months, Clean Water Action knocked on 17,500 doors and gained support from more than 4,000 new members. Nearly 2000 letters, postcards and public comments from Clean Water Action members have now been delivered to elected officials, government agencies and decision-makers. There is power in these growing numbers which can be organized to protect Colorado communities from drilling and fracking.
Take action to weigh in on important drilling and fracking safeguards to protect drinking water. Your comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on diesel used in fracking will help secure stronger protections.
1 - Organizers from Clean Water Action and other coalition organizations on the steps of the Capital in Denver welcoming Colorado Congressmen Tipton, Gardner, Lamborn, and Coffman for their field hearing in the Natural Resource Committee on federal fracking regulations.
2 - Canvassers Sequoyah Healy-Louer and Derrick Maynard with a supporter giving a thumbs-up to Clean Water Action in Denver.
3 - Activists in Erie, Colorado gather for a community meeting to learn how they can take action to protect their families and homes from the drilling and fracking going on in their neighborhoods.