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Earthworks: 2000ft setback welcome, but COGCC must go further to protect health and climate

September 11, 2020
Background: On Wednesday, four of five Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) commissioners expressed support for extending setback requirements for new oil and gas operations to 2000ft, up from 500ft, to protect public health and safety. Supporters cited a CDPHE… More »
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On the 5th Anniversary of the Gold King Mine Spill, Congress Must Renew Mining Law Reform Efforts

August 5, 2020 • Raquel Dominguez
The house I lived in for nearly two decades is a mile from the Kansas River, which unevenly bisects my hometown of Lawrence, Kansas. I’ve walked over the bridge and down the levee more times than I can count; I… More »
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Conservation, community groups hail ruling that protects clean air rules

July 30, 2020
DENVER (July 30, 2020) — Seven conservation and community groups with tens of thousands of members across Colorado hailed a court ruling yesterday dismissing a case by Weld County as a win for public health and the climate. Denver District… More »
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Earthworks Comments on CDPHE’s Regulation and Licensing of Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM)

June 16, 2020

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Even as Extraction fails, CO state regulators consider company interests first

June 15, 2020
Background COGCC sided with Extraction and put company interests before public interests when Broomfield tried to temporarily block fracking operations while stay-at-home orders forced people to breathe oil and gas pollution. Now, just weeks later, COGCC must answer again whose… More »
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Conservation Groups Seek to Join Defense of Colorado Air Quality Protections

May 28, 2020
DENVER, CO — Today seven conservation groups filed papers in state court seeking to defend the State’s decision last December requiring oil and gas companies to make significant emission reductions, including strengthened protections from drilling near neighborhoods, schools, and places where people… More »
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Industry blockage of Broomfield’s COVID/fracking public health order tests SB181

April 9, 2020
Background: Yesterday the City of Broomfield reluctantly voted not to impose an emergency Public Health order to prevent Extraction Oil & Gas from conducting flowback operations while Governor Polis’ stay-at-home remains in place. They made this decision because they were advised by… More »
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Broomfield’s oil & gas COVID order tests SB181’s prioritization of public health

April 1, 2020
Background:
 Last week the Broomfield city government announced it was going to issue an emergency order banning flowback operations while Governor Polis’ stay-at-home order is in place to combat the COVID crisis. After an oil or gas well is fracked,… More »
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REPORT: CDPHE fails to protect public health, must rebuild oil & gas oversight

March 12, 2020
Denver — A new report reveals that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) does not fulfill its mission “to protect and improve the health of Colorado’s people” when it comes to oil and gas pollution. Released by the… More »
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Putting the Public First

March 12, 2020
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Fire at oil & gas well highlights need for stronger state regulatory oversight of extraction

December 11, 2019
Erie, CO— Seven people have been hospitalized due to a Monday night fire at an oil and gas site north of Erie on the Boulder-Weld county line. According to nearby residents, the site is Crestone Peak’s Regnier Farms well pad… More »
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Study from Colorado Regulatory Agency Confirms Health Threats; Earthworks calls for Pause in Permits

October 18, 2019 • Nathalie Eddy and Nadia Steinzor
With the release of a new study yesterday, Colorado regulators have finally confirmed what local residents, Earthworks, and numerous scientists (including at the Colorado School of Public Health) have asserted for years: oil and gas operations near homes and communities… More »
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TEDx Review of Health Impacts from Oil and Gas in Colorado

October 18, 2019
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Colorado regulators confirm oil & gas health impacts

October 17, 2019
Statement of Earthworks’ Energy Program Director Bruce Baizel on health study released by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment: “Colorado regulators have finally confirmed what communities, Earthworks own staff in the field, and scientists — including the Colorado School… More »
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Oil & gas co. claims Rep Ocasio-Cortez video shows no pollution as facility was 1st ever ordered by regulator to change operations in response to health & safety concerns

September 27, 2019
Denver & Washington, D.C. — Extraction Oil & Gas Inc.’s Livingston extraction facility in Broomfield, Colorado — captured in Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s video last Saturday — is the first ever to be ordered by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)… More »