EPA alleges widespread air pollution by Colorado oil and gas company

POSTED 5:51 PM, JUNE 28, 2017, BY UPDATED AT 11:03PM, JUNE 28, 2017

WELD COUNTY, Colo. — The Environmental Protection Agency, , along with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, filed a lawsuit against PDC Energy, alleging widespread air pollution in northern Colorado.

According to the lawsuit, the accusation centers around 86 sites in the Wattenberg Field, an area north of Denver and south of Greeley prone to oil and gas development.

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Oil’s pipeline to America’s schools

by Jie Jenny Zou

Back in June 2016 I read in Windsors local paper that a presentation like the one described here was given to the Windsor/Severance schools. Concerned about the one sided classes and knowing that Windsor schools get money from and promote the industry; I meet with Weld RE-4 School Superintendent Dan Seegmiller, (Windsor-Severance) to let him know there is another side and concerns regarding oil/gas development. He did say someone else called wanting to teach a class. I offered to bring Shane Davis in to do a class or presentation. I told him how Shane brings in factual documented information that comes right from the industry and COGCC websites. – Stressing the fact that It is not opinion it is fact. I also introduced him to the Colorado Community rights effort. I never did hear if he had anyone do an opposing class. What I do know is he never asked me for contact information nor help in setting anything up.
Sad how our schools are only teaching corporate funded points of view.
I would like to peruse this again but would need to have some community support as Weld RE-4 only allows the one sided corporate viewpoint in the schools. I will send Superintendent Dan S. the link above. Maybe he will be more receptive now that the hazards of death and destruction are being revealed.

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HomeNewsStory :Broomfield council, citizens are subject of opposition research by Washington, D.C. firm

By Jennifer Rios

At least one Washington, D.C., opposition research firm is looking into local Broomfield politics. The move is making some residents worry about national-level campaign tactics and influence money, and about damaged reputations and the impact on upcoming municipal elections.

Additionally, Western Energy Alliance, a non-profit oil and gas organization based in Denver, and its self-described “project” Western Wire have become involved in Broomfield politics. Western Wire has three articles on its website regarding a Broomfield councilman and attempting to tie him to extremism surrounding energy development in Broomfield.

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Big Oil in the Rocky Mountain State: the Overwhelming Tawdriness of Government in Colorado

After five months of doing nothing of value, although spending millions in the furtherance thereof, the Colorado legislature closed up shop last month.  The people should demand a refund for nonperformance, but instead they will have to ante up more money to pay legislators and other top state and county officials.  The wages of nothingness are great.  In 2019 the legislature will award itself a 41 percent pay increase; the governor a 39 percent increase.

Pay increases for top-of-the-pyramid public servants had already been realized in Weld County, the epicenter for the fracking wars in Colorado.  There, the county commissioners received a 37 percent increase in pay to $120,000, plus retirement and health benefits.  Later, as antidote to the red-faced disease, the salary was scaled back to $105,000, only a blushing increase of 17 percent.

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Drilling Bella Romero: Children at Risk in Greeley, Colorado

Kirk Jalbert, Manager of Community Based Research & Engagement
Kyle Ferrar, Western Program Coordinator

 

Weld County, Colorado, is one of the top producing shale oil and gas regions in the United States, boasting more than 12,000 active horizontal or directional wells, which account for 50% of all horizontal or directional wells in the state. To put this into perspective, the entire state of Pennsylvania has ten times the land area with “only” 9,663 horizontal or directional wells. At the center of Weld County is the city of Greeley, population 92,889. Greeley has experienced dramatic changes in the past decade as extraction companies compete to acquire oil and gas mineral rights. Extensive housing developments on the outskirts of the city are being built to accommodate future well pads on neighboring lots. Meanwhile, a number of massive well pads are proposed within or on the border of city limits.

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The DIY Girls How 12 teens invented a solar-powered tent for the homeless

by Brittany Levine Beckman

As Daniela Orozco picks off excess plastic bordering a 3D-printed box, she recalls how many homeless people she saw on her way to school when she was a high school freshman.

Just one.

Four years later, the number has multiplied. People live on a main thoroughfare near the school, at a nearby park, and below the off-ramps and bridges in her hometown of San Fernando, which is about 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. In the San Fernando Valley, homelessness increased 36% to 7,094 people last year, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Agency’s annual count. Daniela and her friends wanted to help, but giving money wasn’t an option.

“Because we come from low-income families ourselves, we can’t give them money,” the high school senior says.

“We wanted to offer something besides money,” her classmate, Veronica Gonzalez, chimes in.

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EPA gives Fort Collins more time to meet air quality standard

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Fort Collins will have an extra year to meet federal ozone standards, but officials say the deadline extension won’t damper their efforts to improve air quality.

The Northern Front Range, which includes Fort Collins and the Denver Metro area, has long struggled to comply with federal ozone regulations and remains out of compliance with the standard passed in 2008.

The Environmental Protection Agency passed a stiffer ozone standard in 2015, putting Northern Colorado further behind. Failure to meet federal ozone standards triggers regulatory repercussions from the EPA and can lead to cuts in transportation funding.

More: Fort Collins mayor: Paris pullout won’t stall city’s climate goals

But EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced this week that he will delay a key step in implementation of the new standard by one year. The EPA was originally scheduled to make final nonattainment designations – essentially triggering repercussions for areas that don’t meet the latest ozone standard – in October 2017.

Now, that will happen in October 2018, unless the EPA under Pruitt decides to revise the standard before then.

Regardless of the deadline extension, “we’re going to continue to try to bring our region into compliance” with the 2008 standard, which in turn will bring the region closer to the 2015 standard, said Sara Goodwin, spokeswoman for the Regional Air Quality Council that leads ozone-reduction efforts.

More: Smoky backyard fire pits draw council’s attention

The Northern Front Range is one of a few dozen regions in the country that remains out of compliance with the old and new ozone standards. Area officials have been working to meet the 2008 ozone standard by stiffening regulations for vehicles and industry, but high background ozone levels ozone, which comes from non-U.S. sources, and population growth have been a hurdle.

Ozone, the main component of smog, forms on hot, sunny days when common pollutants react in the air. Ozone and smog inhalation can lead to respiratory health issues, especially for children and the elderly and many studies have tied it to heart disease.

Ozone at a glance

A look at how Northern Colorado stacks up to Environmental Protection Agency ozone pollution standards.

70 parts per billion: New ozone standard adopted in October 2015

75 ppb: Prior ozone standard adopted in 2008

78 ppb: Larimer County ozone, as measured in 2012-14

82 ppb: 2012-14 ozone in Denver Metro Area/North Front Range zone, which includes Fort Collins

71 ppb: Estimated Larimer County ozone in 2025, still out of compliance