Dear Environmental Advocate,

Please act immediately to tell Governor Hickenlooper to stop hazardous drilling and fracking projects from being sited near homes, schools and waterways. Please also forward this email to your friends and family, and share this link on your social networks so others can do the same.

We are asking the Governor to tell his Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to reject projects that subject communities to unacceptable surface impacts and health risks, starting by protecting Greeley from a massive expansion of drilling operations in a high-density neighborhood near Northridge High School.

The COGCC is poised to grant a permit for Synergy to drill and frack 12 new horizontal wells and place 27 tanks containing toxic and flammable fluids along the Sheep Draw trail near Northridge, exposing students and nearby residents to health risks from toxic fumes and spills, and threatening the Sheep Draw wetland.

Please join us in calling on the Governor to tell the COGCC to reject this poorly-sited project. Go to the Governor’s contact page at
to send your own message or paste-in the message below.  Personalizing your message will increase it’s effectiveness.

Dear Governor Hickenlooper,

It is time for the State of Colorado to prevent further impacts on human and environmental health by rejecting inappropriately sited oil and gas drilling projects.  I particularly object to high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) projects—which use and store thousands of gallons of toxic fluid—being sited near schools, homes and waterways. 

Please tell the COCGG to deny Synergy's permit application for expansion of Greeley’s Northridge drilling project, which would allow the operator to frack 12 new horizontal wells only 411 feet from Northridge High School’s track and within 350 feet of the closest home in a high-density neighborhood.

The industry has reported over 2000 spills and releases in Colorado over the last five years, with 40 percent of spills in Weld County contaminating groundwater. Studies have found high levels of toxic and ozone-inducing chemicals in the air near well-sites.  Just this February, a well near Windsor spilled 84,000 gallons of toxic fluid onto the ground, out of control, for 30 hours.  PDC, the company responsible for the spill, “volunteered” to fine themselves $35,000, because they felt the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s (COGCC’s) penalty was too low.

Please tell the COGCC to deny the Northridge application and to raise standards to better protect the health and well-being of students, teachers, and families from toxic emissions and spills, as well as the noise, truck traffic, and other surface impacts associated with drilling and fracking.

It’s time for the State of Colorado to put public health first in its regulation of the oil and gas industry. Denying the permit for the Northridge would be an excellent first step in regaining public trust after suing Longmont for attempting to protect it’s citizens from drilling and fracking impacts.




Please also use and share this action alert to tell the Greeley City Council to reject the Sheep Draw project as well.

Thank you for your concern for Colorado’s public and environmental health.


Lauren Swain
RMC Beyond Oil and Gas Team Chair

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