Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: December 6, 2017

Contacts:

David Paul— 720.275.1350stupaul22@gmail.com

Dylan Podel— 303.883.3657dypo3782@gmail.com

Boulder County Protectors Cite Civil Rights Violations after County Official Sanctions Community Member for Nonviolent Protest

On November 7, 2017, David Paul, a member of the Boulder County Protectors engaging in peaceful protest, was issued a summons for trespassing by the City of Boulder police at the behest of Boulder County Attorney Ben Pearlman. Mr. Paul, a resident of Boulder County, was participating in a direct action outside an anniversary event for Boulder’s Open Space by projecting a “Ban Fracking” message on the Boulder County Courthouse—a warning to the public that Boulder County’s open space is now under threat from oil and gas drilling.

 

Mr. Paul, raising civil rights violations, has retained David Lane and Andrew McNulty of Killmer, Lane & Newman LLP (Denver) to defend him for the trespassing charge. Mr. Paul’s attorneys have filed a MOTION TO DISMISS on the pending criminal charge, stating that he did not violate the Boulder Municipal Code and his continued prosecution violates his First Amendment rights under the United States Constitution; and under Article II, Section 10 of the Colorado Constitution. See:  http://suedelightbrigade.com/pdfs/2017-12-04MotionToDismiss.pdf

 

The disposition hearing for Mr. Paul’s trespassing charge is December 11, 2017, at 1 pm at the Boulder Municipal Court, 1777 6th St, Boulder. Following the hearing Mr. Paul, his attorneys, and members of the Boulder County Protectors will hold a press conference in front of the municipal court building and are expected to discuss civil rights implications raised by the trespassing summons.

The actions of the Boulder County Attorney and the Boulder municipal government foreshadow harsher sanctions as oil and gas operations become a deadly reality in Boulder County. Political officials now find themselves in conflict with both public demands and the needs of the climate and environment. Officeholders and staff, committed to enforcing state law on behalf of operators like Extraction, Crestone and Anadarko, clearly show their intention–not to protect Boulder County from drilling but rather to repress public dissent.

The Boulder County Protectors call on the Boulder County Commissioners to represent the citizens who put them in office rather than the oil and gas industry. We expect them to:

Stop all plans to begin drilling in Boulder County.

End scientifically misleading statements that fracking can be made safe.

Join with community members to protect the environment and fundamental rights of all Boulder County citizens.

Enact the Boulder County Climate Bill of Rights and Protections.

East Boulder County United and the Boulder County Protectors stand firmly behind the actions of Mr. Paul. We will continue to protect the County from the lethal dangers of fossil fuel extraction and will defend all individuals exercising their right to freedom of speech and political dissent at this critical time.

We demand that the City of Boulder drop all charges against David Paul and affirm its commitment to preserve the people’s fundamental right to political dissent. In addition, we call on the Boulder County Commissioners to issue a public statement condemning the actions of County Attorney Ben Pearlman and committing to stand with the community against the oil and gas industry.


The Boulder County Protectors’ Narrative

– Fracking and democracy cannot coexist. Where they conflict, one must always go.

– We seek to elevate the rights of communities over the rights of corporations.

– Industry and politicians will respond to our efforts with repressive measures, underscoring the fact that this battle is a civil rights issue.

– Protection of the environment from oil and gas becomes a civil rights issue when the Boulder County government represses free speech and public discourse at the same time they bring fracking into Boulder County.

– The more we assert our rights as citizens and communities, the more government bodies will step up to oppress us.

– We have always viewed the conflict to be corporate legal superiority over the rights of citizens, communities and the environment. We can no longer live with that conflict. The consequences are far too great for all of us. We must elevate the rights of communities over oil and gas in Boulder County.

– Boulder County needs to pass the Climate Bill of Rights and Protections including direct action enforcement.


The Boulder County Climate Bill of Rights and Protections

 

Be it therefore enacted:

 

§1.0 Findings

 

We the people of Boulder County, Colorado, declare alignment with the Seven Generations principle of the indigenous First Nations, understand the environment as common to all and base our actions upon its indefinite protection;

 

We the People of Boulder County, Colorado, find that global environmental destruction, which includes degradation to the climate, ecosystems, flora, fauna, land, and water, constitutes an emergency that threatens our very survival;

 

We the People of Boulder County, Colorado, find that the extraction of coal, oil and gas, and disposal of drilling waste within the County would significantly contribute to global environmental destruction; and therefore,

 

We the People of Boulder County, Colorado, declare that we have a right to a healthy climate, and that right is violated by the extraction of coal, oil and gas, and disposal of drilling waste within the County.

 

§2.0 A County of Boulder, Colorado, Climate Bill of Rights

 

(a) Right to a Healthy Climate. All residents and ecosystems of the County of Boulder possess a right to a healthy climate, which shall include the right to be free from all activities that interfere with that right, including the extraction of coal, oil, or gas, or disposal of drilling waste within the County of Boulder.

 

(b) Right to Local, Community Self-Government. All residents of the County of Boulder possess the right to a form of governance which recognizes that all power is inherent in the people of the County and that all free governments are founded on the people’s authority and consent. Laws adopted by the people of the County shall only be preempted or nullified if they interfere with rights secured by the state or federal constitution to the people of the County, or if they interfere with protections provided to the people or ecosystems of the County by state, federal, or international law.

 

(c) Right to Enforce. All residents of the County of Boulder possess the right to enforce this law. To secure this right, entities which violate the people’s right to a healthy climate shall not be deemed to be “persons,” nor possess any other legal rights, privileges, powers, or protections which would interfere with the enforcement of that right.

 

(d) Right to Defense. Residents of the County of Boulder possess the right to have the County government of Boulder defend this law on the basis that a constitutional right of local, community self-government exists, that this law is an assertion of that right as it seeks to expand the rights of the people of the County of Boulder, and that the doctrines of ceiling preemption, municipal subordinancy to state government, or corporate “rights” unconstitutionally violate the right of the residents of the County of Boulder to local, community self-government.

 

§3.0 Direct Enforcement

 

(a) Direct Action Enforcement. If the County of Boulder fails to enforce or defend this law, or a court

fails to uphold this law, any person may enforce this law through nonviolent direct action. If nonviolent direct action is taken to enforce the provisions of this law, law enforcement personnel employed by the County of Boulder shall be prohibited from arresting or detaining persons directly enforcing this law. “Direct action” as used by this provision shall mean any activities carried out to directly enforce the prohibitions of this law.

 

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East Boulder County United & Boulder County Protectors Newsletter November 26, 2017

7th Generation Youth Council, Honoring Our Mother Earth, Spirit Horse Nation and East Boulder County United hosted internationally renowned Native artists Isaac Murdoch and Christi Belcourt for a weekend of art making, music and Native story telling. The artists are part of the Onaman Collective and have become synonymous with the visual images of the First Nations struggle at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Want a shirt with Murdoch and Belcourt’s images made at the Art Build? Email us and let us know, so we can get it to you. The shirts cost $20. These funds support us in our work to protect Boulder County.

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 News

Election News:  Merrily Mazza of East Boulder County United retained her seat on the Lafayette City Council.  Broomfield citizens passed the citizen-initiated ballot issue 301.

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The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) published a reportidentifying Oil and Gas operations on the northern Front range as a significant source for harmful ozone levels.

Erie citizens uncovered violations by Crestone Peak Resources at a plug and abandon operation 25 yards from Aspen Ridge Preparatory School, in which VOCs were vented over the school playground.  Check out Erie Protectors website run by a dedicated group of volunteers shining a light on this industry in their town.

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In Case You Missed It

In early November, Suede Light Brigade projected a protest message at a City of Boulder Open Space Anniversary gala.  County Attorney Ben Pearlman ordered an officer to issue Suede a citation for this free speech display. The ACLU has weighed in, stating that this was a first amendment violation.  We will follow up with this important story.

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Events & Meetings

Direct Action Training Sunday, December 3 from noon – 3pm at Scornavacco Family Karate. Join the Boulder County Protectors in a half day training on the theory, use and application of nonviolent direct action to protect our communities from fracking.

EBCU Branch meetings

Lafayette, Longmont and Boulder.  These are the general planning meetings for East Boulder County United. We review new developments, strategize next tasks, and bring new volunteers in to join those already hard at work to stop drilling in Boulder County. Join us.

 

Lafayette – 2nd and 4th Mondays, 7-830pm at Vitamin Cottage/Natural Grocers 100 W South Boulder Rd Lafayette, CO 80026

 

Longmont – 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 730-9pm typically at Longmont Public Library 409 4th Ave, Longmont, CO 80501

 

Boulder – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6-8pm, private residence at 4209 26th St Boulder CO 80304

Call To Action

  • Help us raise awareness about fracking in Boulder County by by doorknocking with us in Lafayette and Longmont.  Email Theresa to do this.
  • Join any of our volunteer teams to stop fracking in Boulder County – you can do this on our volunteer intake form.
  • Donate to East Boulder County United. We are an all-volunteer organization. We need funds for outreach efforts, meetings, speakers and legal funds.
  • Write letters to the Lafayette City Councilors asking them to restore the original Climate Bill of Rights
  • Write letters to the editor supporting our narrative – here’s a friendly guide 
  • Attend and/or follow our Lafayette City Council and planning commission meetings.  Remind them we have a fracking ban in place.
  • Call our County Commissioners and ask them to pass the Boulder County Climate Bill of Rights
  • Follow East Boulder County United on Facebook, share events and posts
  • Order and display your Boulder County Protectors yard sign atyardsigns2017@gmail.com

Colorado River v. Colorado with Will Falk

By Will Falk

In the war for social and environmental justice, even the best lawyers rarely serve as anything more than battlefield medics.

They do what they can to stop the bleeding for the people, places, and causes suffering on the front lines, but they do not possess the weapons to return fire in any serious way. Lawyers lack effective weapons because American law functions to protect those in power from the rest of us; effective legal weapons are, quite literally, outlawed.

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We Are Here to Protect Colorado Indigenous Community and Grassroots Environmental Group to Host Art Workshop with First Nations Artists

We Are Here to Protect

Colorado Indigenous Community and Grassroots Environmental Group to Host Art Workshop with First Nations Artists

 

The workshops and storytelling/music evening are FREE to participants but please help East Boulder County United Fund this terrific event!  Thank you!

https://www.gofundme.com/protecting-boulder-county

 

 

Environmental Art Workshop

Saturday, November 18, Longmont, Colorado 9am – 5pm

7873 St Vrain Rd., Longmont Colorado

 

An Evening of Native Story Telling and Music

Saturday, November 18, 7pm – 9pm

East Simpson Coffee, 414 E. Simpson, Lafayette, Colorado

 

Environmental Art Workshop Day 2

Environmental Art Workshop, day 2

SundayNovember 19, Longmont, Colorado 9am – 4pm

7873 St Vrain Rd., Longmont Colorado

 

Sponsors:

Honoring Our Mother Earth

East Boulder County United

Spirit Horse Nation

Lakota Way Healing Center

 

Colorado Indigenous and community environmental groups will be hosting internationally renowned Native artists Isaac Murdoch and Christi Belcourt for a weekend of art making, music and Native story telling. The artists, part of the Onaman Collective, have become synonymous with the visual images of the First Nations struggle at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Their art and efforts have focused on the empowerment of Indigenous communities and protecting the environment. The arrival of Murdoch and Belcourt comes at a time when communities across Colorado’s front range are renewing the fight against thousands of potential oil and gas wells.

 

“This movement for healthy water and earth is not just an indigenous movement; it has to involve everybody,”

~Christi Belcourt

 

The weekend will begin in Longmont, Colorado, where the artists will lead a workshop to craft banners and other works inspired by Native resistance to colonialism and environmental destruction. The art will be used by grassroots groups fighting to protect the local land from new oil and gas drilling and other destructive industrial projects and to draw attention to indigenous struggles across North America.

 

“It’s no longer good enough to toe the line with corrupt governments and their immoral corporate sponsors, it’s our collective moral obligation to step over that line and dismantle the power structures that allow their greed and corruption to poison our Mother Earth and our families.”

~ Doug Red Hail Pineda of Spirit Horse Nation

 

The Saturday art build will move to Lafayette for an evening of story-telling and Native music at East Simpson Coffee. The art build will reassemble Sunday for a second day of art making, communication and discussion.

 

“We are humbled and deeply thankful for this weekend of creation and resistance as frontline community members. The conflict between the oil and gas industry and the government that protects it has become too deadly for the world, and we are excited to welcome Christi and Isaac to Colorado’s Front Range to help us protect the people and planet.”

~ Cliff Willmeng, East Boulder County United

 

All events are open to the public. People that would like to join in the art build, please RSVP to: EastBoCoUnited@gmail.com. No RSVP needed for the Saturday music and story telling event.

 

“It’s time to wake up! It’s time to educate others! It’s time to fight for those who aren’t here yet, for our future! Because this isn’t just a Lakota problem. This isn’t just a Native American problem, or even an American problem. This is the entire human race – That’s who we are fighting for!”

~Matene Strikes First, 17, H.O.M.E Youth Advocate and Ojibwe/Dakota Founder of 7th Generation Youth Council

 

More information:

Onaman Collective: http://onamancollective.com

Spirit Horse Nation: https://www.spirithorsenation.org

East Boulder County United: EastBoCoUnited.org

Front Range towns refuse to back down from drilling regs, even as oil, gas industry threatens to sue

Residents fire with both barrels at the ballot box and on the dais

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Whether local governments should have more say over oil and gas drilling remained a potent issue this week at the ballot box and at the municipal dais, with multiple Front Range communities grappling with how to handle a surge in drilling permits.

Voters in Broomfield on Tuesday approved by a 57 percent margingiving their government more authority over the industry.

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HYDRAULIC FRACTURING Now it’s oilmen who say fracking could harm groundwater

Mike Soraghan, E&E News reporter

HOLDENVILLE, Okla. — It’s no longer just environmentalists who suspect hydraulic fracturing is contaminating groundwater.

Oil companies here in Oklahoma — ones that produce from older vertical wells — have raised that prospect as they complain about the practices of their larger brethren.

They say hundreds of their wells have been flooded by high-pressure fracturing of horizontal wells that blast fluid a mile or more underground. Some of those “frack hits,” they suspect, have reached groundwater.

“I’m convinced we’re impacting fresh water here,” Mike Majors, a small producer from Holdenville, said as he drove from well to well on a September afternoon. “If they truly impact the groundwater, we can kiss hydraulic fracturing goodbye.”

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SCIENTISTS PINPOINT SOURCES OF FRONT RANGE OZONE Motor vehicles, oil and gas operations are top local contributors

October 30, 2017

BOULDER, Colo. — A comprehensive new air quality report for the state of Colorado quantifies the sources of summertime ozone in Denver and the northern Front Range, revealing the extent to which motor vehicles and oil and gas operations are the two largest local contributors to the pollutant.

The new report, based on intensive measurements taken from aircraft and ground sites as well as sophisticated computer simulations, also concludes that unhealthy levels of ozone frequently waft up to remote mountain areas, including Rocky Mountain National Park.

Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) wrote the report with support from colleagues at NASA, drawing on a pair of 2014 field campaigns that tracked both local and distant contributors to pollution on the northern Front Range. The research was funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), NASA, and the National Science Foundation, which is NCAR’s sponsor.

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