Major Fracked-Gas Pipeline Leak Shuts Down Rhode Island Interstate

 

A major natural gas leak caused parts of Providence, Rhode Island to shut down Wednesday night.

The leak, which shut down Interstate 195 and city streets for several hours, was caused by a ruptured high-pressure gas line near a National Grid take station plant at Franklin Square around 8:15 p.m.

Local witnesses reported “a loud sound of rushing air” and “a faint smell of natural gas” coming from the Allens Ave. plant.

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Maryland Bans Fracking

Maryland is on track to become the third state to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for oil and natural gas, after the Senate voted 35-10 on Monday for a measure already approved by the House.

The bill is now headed to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who is in favor of a statewide fracking ban.

Hogan, who once said that fracking is ” an economic gold mine,” stunned many with his complete turnaround at a press conference earlier this month.

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East Boulder County United Boulder County Protectors

East Boulder County United

Boulder County Protectors

 

 

We are full steam ahead with our mission to protect Boulder County from fracking.

Join us at these upcoming events!


Direct Action Implementation Session

Open Only to People Who Have Completed Direct Action 101 & 201

Thursday, April 6 from 5:30 – 8:30

5:30 – 6:30 – potluck and community gathering (optional)

6:30 – 8:00/8:30 – Direct Action Implementation Session

414 E. Simpson St. Lafayette, CO 80026

You’ve taken Direct Action 101 and 201 and now you are ready to plug in to become a Boulder County Protector!

It’s going to take all of us to work together in solidarity to ban fracking here in Boulder County and beyond.

Come to Direct Action Implementation Session to learn how to plug in effectively to stop fracking in Boulder county, open only to people who have completed DA 101 and 201. Join us for a potluck and community gathering from 5:30 – 6:30 and Direct Action Implementation Session at 6:30. We will discuss how to become an effective speaker and writer on the issue of banning fracking through community rights. We will discuss and allocate roles we need in the community to ban fracking and where you can plug in. Areas that need support are: video, photography, writing, speaking, art, outreach, flyers, organizing, fundraising, support teams for Actions, singing and more. 

 Donations needed for room rentals, continued trainings and for our legal defense fund. 

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Speakers Training Conference Call with Ben Price of CELDF

Wednesday, April 12 from 6:00 – 7:30

How do we speak effectively on the issue of banning fracking through community rights and why is this important?

Join us for this free and important conference call with Ben Price, National Organizing Director for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). 

In the Speakers Training Conference Call, you will learn: 

-Why learning to speak intelligently about banning fracking through community rights is so important

-How to articulate why advocating for community rights is essential to banning fracking (and other toxic industries)

-How to give a basic stump speech

-How to do a public presentation on community rights

-How to effectively weave in stories to your speaking 

RSVP Required for Speakers Training Conference Call to  bouldercountyprotectors@gmail.com

You will receive a confirmation email with the Conference call in number and password. 

As a community, the time is now to be advocating for our right to ban fracking locally and talking about it with as many people as we can. This free call will empower you to speak effectivley to your community, at council meetings, town halls, rallys and anywhere we can speak to groups of people.

Please plan to join us for this important conference call!


We The People 2.0 Movie

March 29, 6:45 – 8:45

Longmont Public Library

409 4th Ave, Longmont, Colorado 80501

The system isn’t broken – it’s fixed. This documentary is a must-see for understanding the CELDF-based community rights principles underlying our work.

Bring a friend!

Watch the trailer here.  We the People 2.0

Please come to a rare showing of this amazing film!

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Protector Women and Mothers Singing Group 

Saturday, April 15 from noon – 2:00

Want to learn solidarity songs and chants to sing at marches and actions?  Come to this monthly singing group open to all women led by EBCU organizer Kristin McLean.

Location: 7285 South Boulder Rd, Boulder, CO 80303, Please park on the street

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Continue to Write Letters to the Editor and the Commissioners Demanding a Ban on Fracking

he moratorium on fracking in Boulder County expires on May 1. Permits can arrive anytime after that. We need to continue to make our voices heard that only a complete ban on fracking is acceptable.

Action Item: The community and the commissioners need to hear that you want a permanent ban on oil and gas development in Boulder County. Letters to the editor gather community support and letters to the BoCo County Commissioners let them know of our demand for a ban on fossil fuel extraction.

We are asking for 10 people to commit to writing a short Open Letter to the Commissioners and sending it in as a letter to the editor to the Daily Camera, The Boulder Weekly and your local newspaper. Please send the same letter to the BoCo Commissioners.

Can we count on you to write a letter in the next few days? Please email us back and let us know if you can do this.

Writing points: 

– The Boulder County Commissioners have implemented regulations for fracking and Boulder County will be open for fracking will be open on May 1

– We do not want drilling in Boulder County under any circumstances. It is a violation of the land, the health of our families, and the well being of our communities and climate. 

– Any attempt to forcefully move fracking into Boulder County is a violation of our fundamental rights.

– We have a fundamental right to a healthy climate.

– Our rights to a healthy climate never expire.

– We don’t just have a fracking problem. We have a democracy problem. Current state laws are in place that remove local municipalities from being able to decide for ourselves if we can ban fracking. 

– The laws that seek to remove us from protecting the land, the local environment, the climate, and our right to self govern are in every way immoral and illegitimate.

– We fully expect the commissioners to represent the will of people, which is to ban fracking. If they don’t represent us, they are not fit to be in office. 

– If the commissioners don’t protect us from fracking, we are prepared to protect ourselves through non-violent direct action to protect our climate

– We demand that the commissioners pass the Climate Bill of Right, guaranteeing our right to a healthy climate and that people in engaged in direct action to protect our climate will be protected by the police, and will not be arrested. 

Send your letters to the editors here (note the maximum word lengths):

Daily Camera: Maximum length for letters is 300 words; Name, full address and daytime phone required; No anonymous or “open” letters; No name-calling or ad hominem attacks; Each writer limited to one letter or guest opinion in any rolling 30-day period; Submissions must be sent by email. Attachments are discouraged. PDF attachments are strongly discouraged. openforum@dailycamera.com

Boulder Weekly: Letters must not exceed 400 words. Include your name, address and a daytime phone number for verification. We do not publish pseudonyms or anonymous submissions.  letters@boulderweekly.com

To the Commissioners: oilgascomment@bouldercounty.org

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If you have not already done so, here are three things to do today to support us:

1. Forward this email to two friends.

2. Like us on Facebook.

Let’s do this. HOKA.

In love and solidarity,

The Boulder County Protectors of East Boulder County United

 

Historic Win in Colorado Fracking Lawsuit

In a 2-1 decision Thursday, the Colorado Court of Appeals reversed the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s order denying a youth-brought rulemaking petition against fracking and a lower court’s order upholding the denial. The court remanded the case to the district court and the commission, finding that the commission erred in its interpretation of Colorado law:

“We therefore conclude that the commission erred in interpreting [the Oil and Gas Conservation Act] as requiring a balance between development and public health, safety and welfare.”

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Further study is needed on link between leukemia and living near oil and gas wells

Oil pump
Steve Nehf, Denver Post fileA recent study from University of Colorado researchers found a possible link between a specific kind of childhood cancer and nearby oil and gas activity.
PUBLISHED: March 24, 2017 at 10:21 am | UPDATED: March 24, 2017 at 11:08 am

As educators, researchers and Colorado citizens, we feel that Colorado families deserve a safe and healthy environment no matter where they live. As authors of a recent study on childhood leukemia and proximity to oil and gas wells, we feel it important to clarify recent misinterpretations of our study.

Our study compared the frequency of leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma between children living and not living near oil and gas wells. We used a rigorous design called a registry-based case-control study and included 740 children living in rural Colorado. Eighty-seven of these children had leukemia and 50 had non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  We observed that the children with leukemia, but not non-Hodgkin lymphoma, were more likely to live closest to the oil and gas wells. Because we did not have access to evidence about other factors that contribute to these cancers, like genetics,  these scientifically valid findings do not provide enough evidence to say that living near oil and gas wells causes leukemia or does not cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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From Steel City to Sun City: Colorado Town Turns to Clean Energy

By Laura A. Shepard

Working-class homeowners in Pueblo, Colorado have struggled to keep up with their sky-high electric bills. Locals said rampant shutoffs have plunged entire city blocks into darkness and sent power-starved families to motels and homeless shelters. Senior citizens have given up television and unscrewed refrigerator lights in an attempt to save money. And local businesses have grappled with electric bills as high as their rents.

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The Earth Enters ‘Uncharted Territory’ With Unprecedented Heat and Carbon Dioxide Levels

The World Meteorological Organization—a United Nations agency that studies climate changes and other geophysical phenomena—released a climate assessment Monday confirming reports that 2016 was the hottest year on record.

WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas says the organization can now prove the clear “existence of links between man-made climate change and many cases of high impact extreme events,” including heat waves, according to the Express, a British news site.

A natural climate cycle known as El Niño, a periodic warming of the Pacific Ocean, added to the heat in 2016. The waning of El Niño, however, does nothing to stop long-term climate change.

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