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.
us in calling
on the Governor to tell the COGCC to reject this poorly-sited project. Go to
the Governor’s contact page at http://www.colorado.gov/govhdir/requests/opinion.html
to send your
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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
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
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
Thank you for your concern for Colorado’s
public and environmental health.
RMC Beyond Oil and Gas Team Chair