Widely-Opposed Pipeline ‘Confirms Worst Fears’ After Two Spills Into Ohio Wetlands

Energy Transfer Partners‘ new Rover Pipeline has spilled millions of gallons of drilling fluids into Ohio’s wetlands. Construction of the $4.2 billion project only began last month.

According to regulatory filings obtained by Sierra Club Ohio, on April 13, 2 million gallons of drilling fluids spilled into a wetland adjacent to the Tuscarawas River in Stark County. The next day, another 50,000 gallons of drilling fluids released into a wetland in Richland County in the Mifflin Township. The spills occurred as part of an operation associated with the pipeline’s installation.

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100,000 Acres of Public Land in Colorado at Risk From Fracking, Groups File Administrative Protest

Conservation groups have filed Tuesday an administrative protest challenging a federal decision to offer for leasing in June more than 100,000 acres of federal public land in northern Colorado for oil and gas industry fracking. The leasing decision, being pushed by the Trump administration’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over local community opposition, threatens some of Colorado’s most treasured and scenic landscapes and wildlife species.

“Fracking these pristine public lands would come at the cost of imperiled wildlife, clean air and clean water, meanwhile worsening climate change,” said Michael Saul, senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “This is classic Trump corporate cronyism that sacrifices public values for oil industry profits.”

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

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

 

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Training – Strategic Use of Direct Action

Sunday, April 23, 12 – 6 pm

Join the Boulder County Protectors in a full-day training combining Direct Action 101 and 201.

We will cover the theory, use, and application of nonviolent direct action to prevent fracking in Boulder County.

 

Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017

Time: 12pm – 6pm

Location: Scornavacco Martial Arts Academy, 1830 Boston Ave., Suite F, Longmont, CO 80501

Cost: Sliding scale of $30 – $100. No one turned away for lack of funds. Donations needed for continued trainings and for our legal defense fund.

The training will cover:

  • The basics of direct action and how it works to build political power while addressing the basic ideas and concerns of anyone new to this profound and historic strategy.
  • Impending oil and gas drilling in Boulder County and how we are organizing to ban fracking around community rights and the Climate Bill of Rights.

If you took Direct Action 101 but not 201, we encourage to take this training as a way to complete Direct Action 201 and continue your involvement with the Boulder County Protectors.

People completing this training will be invited to to join Boulder County Protectors Direct Action Implementation strategy sessions.

We will have a very short lunch break.  Bring a sack lunch!

Please join us for this full day’s training!

RSVP Required to bouldercountyprotectors@gmail.com with your name, phone number, street address, city and zip. 

 

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Democracy School

Instead of questioning why corporations can legally treat Colorado communities like sacrifice zones, we accept their authority to do so and then beg elected officials to make the drilling a little less harmful.  How did we get to this state and what can we do about it? 

Confronting the Corporate Takeover of Communities: A New Organizing Model

With Ben Price and Chad Nicholson, Senior Organizers, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)

Sponsored by: Colorado Community Rights Network

Date:  Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20, 2017

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm Friday evening and 8:45 am – 5 pm Saturday

Location: The Unity Church, 2855 Folsom St., Boulder, CO 80304

Tuition: $150  (for the two-day session and all reading material)

 

Space is limited to 35 people: SIGN UP AND PAY HERE NOW

Note: We can accommodate up to 5 people on a reduced-rate scholarship. To apply for a scholarship, send an email explaining why you need the scholarship to bouldercountyprotectors@gmail.com and we will be in touch with you.

To bring: A brownbag lunch on Saturday. We will have a short break and there are no restaurants close by.

Deadline for signup: Wednesday, May 17 at 5pm

 

What is Democracy School?

The Daniel Pennock Democracy School is an illuminating course that teaches citizens and activists how to reframe discouraging single-issue work (fracking, cyanide use in mining, factory farming, livable wage, affordable housing, worker rights, policing) in a way that confronts corporate control on a powerful single front: people’s constitutional rights.

Democracy School offers a new organizing model that helps citizens confront the usurpation by corporations of the rights of communities, people, and earth. Lectures cover the history of people’s movements and corporate power, and the dramatic organizing over the last decade in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon by communities confronting agribusiness, the oil and gas industry, corporate hegemony over worker rights, and others.

Included with enrollment in the Democracy School is a 300 plus-page notebook of background reading material.

In Boulder County and many other counties in Colorado, we are facing impending oil and gas drilling as our moratoriums end. Join us for Democracy School as we learn more about how to continue the fight for local control over fracking and other issues in our communities.

Learn more about Democracy School in this short video from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund:   https://youtu.be/i1s_rE1VR64

Questions?  Contact Kristin McLean at bouldercountyprotectors@gmail.com

 

Why should you attend a Democracy School?

•    You want to understand how corporations have taken control of our government.

•    You want to learn how certain social movements won against corporate power.

•    You believe that we have to understand our true history in order to bring decision-making power back to the people and to our communities.

•    You studied American history in high school and/or college, but think you might have been snookered about the stories of our past.

•    You suspect that we don’t really live in a democracy.

•    You care about slowing climate change, stopping pollution, ensuring social justice, getting basic rights for workers, etc.

•    You would like to help get a local community bill of rights enacted in your town, city, or county.

 

“If you take no other training this year, do the Democracy School. It is a superlative unfolding revelation of how corporations have hijacked democracy. It meticulously deconstructs the historical arc that brought us to this precipice. But most importantly, it then departs into the highly pragmatic and inspiring work now underway that is slowly turning the tide . . . This Second American Revolution may be the most important political work going on anywhere in the country or the world.

-Kenny Ausubel ‘05, Founder and Co-Executive Director, Bioneers

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Protector Women and Mothers Singing Group 

Saturday, April 15 from 3:00 – 5:00 (note new time)

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 Kristin McLean, Patricia Irby and Jennifer Friedman.

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

 

Do people have the right to rest only if they have a residence?

Do people have the right to rest only if they have a residence?

Cities around the state continue to pass homeless camping bans or otherwise restrict the rights of homeless people to exist in public places. The view of numerous Colorado city governments is that homeless people should leave their city or exist only where they cannot be seen by the public

Denver’s camping ban, passed in 2012, results in the police “sweeping” homeless people from a resting or camping spot.  Three homeless people were found guilty on April 5, 2017, of covering themselves with blankets when sleeping outside in a public space in late November, 2016.

The Colorado Right to Rest Act (House Bill 17-1314) gives homeless people the right to exist and rest in public spaces, the right to eat in public spaces, the right to sleep in their own legally parked vehicle, and the same right to privacy for their personal property as someone living in a private residence.  We believe all natural persons have fundamental rights and those include the right to rest. Given the “free-market” economy’s brutality against the poor, the Right to Rest Act essentially gives the homeless the right to survive. 

Denver Homeless Out Loud, the group behind this bill, has written talking points and background information at: https://coloradohomelessbillofrights.org/about/ 

The Colorado Right to Rest Act, will have its first hearing on April 19, 2017, at 1:30 pm in the Colorado House Local Government Committee.  http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2017A/bills/2017A_1314_01.pdf.

We support the herculean efforts of Denver Homeless Out Loud, and although we typically avoid lobbying legislators, we encourage Colorado community rights supporters to call or email their House representative to ask them to support HB 17-1314 and to call/email the members of the House Local Government Committee by Tuesday, April 18th to ask them to vote for HB 17-1314 on April 19. 

 
House Local Government Committee Members: