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

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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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Tensions boil to surface in meeting between landowners, emergency management officials and oil and gas representatives

Tyler Silvy

October 18, 2017

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After three meetings with a large working group, Weld County commissioners are working to establish a smaller working group of just six people. Three landowners and three oil and gas industry officials will work with Weld County Planning Director Tom Parko to bring recommendations back to the larger group. The smaller group is charged with looking at ways for mapping flow lines and gathering lines in a way everyone is comfortable with as well as dealing with land use issues related to unnoticed pipelines.

The lack of oversight, communication and general etiquette related to the oil and gas industry came into sharp focus Wednesday during the third meeting of oil and gas industry officials, Weld County commissioners and local landowners.

In two previous meetings, which centered on definitions for pipelines and how to bring more of those under the purview of county commissioners, members of the working group hadn’t come to any agreements and had mostly kept conversations surface-level.

On Wednesday, that changed, with landowners accusing oil and gas industry representatives of continuous intimidation tactics and public safety officials saying the industry must communicate better for the sake of public safety.

Landowner Dennis Hoshiko, who attended both previous meetings, said he’d repeat himself again, even at the risk of sounding like a broken record. His point? It doesn’t matter what kind of material is being transported in what size pipe. Oil and gas operators still have the trump card with eminent domain, and they continue to deal with him and other landowners in a hostile manner.

Hoshiko said he was there representing many farmers who couldn’t be at the meeting because they’re harvesting crops.

“There’s no use by right to come onto my property from miles down the road,” Hoshiko said. “I want to get that point across, because I don’t know that it’s being heard. Participating (in these meetings) is diminishing. Maybe it’s because we’re not going the direction we as landowners want to see.”

Hoshiko said companies continue to trespass on century-old irrigation ditches, routing pipelines underneath with no notice and increasing risks of accidents when landowners work on those ditches.

“I’ll second everything he has to say,” said George Maxey, longtime Weld County landowner.

Debate about definitions quickly went by the wayside after Hoshiko’s comments, when industry representatives said the group should talk about the real issues, something Platte Valley Fire Chief Barry Schaefer was happy to do when the conversation switched to pipeline mapping.

There was tacit agreement regarding mapping during the last meeting, although industry officials expressed concern about safety.

Schaefer broke down the issue.

“I understand you don’t want the information easy (to get),” Schaefer said. “But when it takes us six hours to find out who the owner of a line is when it’s exploding?”

Schaefer said that happened two years ago on Steve Wells’ ranch, adding that he had to threaten to use the sheriff’s office on six companies because nobody would claim the pipeline.

“We want to work with you, but we need to find a middle ground,” Schaefer said. “We need a way for us as emergency responders to access information rapidly.”

Schaefer said it has taken from 12 hours to days to find out who owns lines during emergency situations because some aren’t marked at all, and he requested some sort of map to at least be shared with emergency management people in the county.

Weld County Emergency Management Director Roy Rudisill agreed, recalling what officials have dubbed the “white truck festival,” when trucks from a variety of companies were called in to deal with an incident because the county couldn’t figure out who’s issue it was.

“We’re evacuating families from the residence, evacuating dairy farms,” Rudisill said. “Finally, when the gas quits blowing, we get a phone call four days later with, ‘Yeah, that was our line.’

“From an emergency management standpoint, we need (maps).”

Weld County requires a use by special review permit only for pipelines of a certain size on county land, and that’s one of the first issues commissioners attempted to address in the first oil and gas working group meetings. Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer continues to accuse oil and gas companies of flouting those rules by putting in two pipelines of smaller sizes so the companies aren’t forced to come before the Board of Weld County Commissioners for approval.

Industry officials, in past meetings, have said any change that roped in every single pipeline would be untenable, and would create a huge burden of both time and money.

Toward the end of the meeting, Weld County Commissioner Chairwoman recommended breaking into a smaller working group of three landowners and three oil and gas industry representatives. The belief, for Cozad and others, was that a smaller group might get more done.

Even then, Hoshiko’s frustration showed through. Like other landowners and farmers, he didn’t have a ton of time.

“I still haven’t found out a way to get paid for being at these meetings,” Hoshiko said. “I don’t say that to be derogatory to these people (oil and gas representatives), who all do a good job for their businesses.”

Still, Hoshiko agreed to attend electronically, or recruit other landowners to take part in the new, smaller, less-public meetings with Weld County Planning Director Tom Parko.

That smaller group’s recommendations will come back to the larger group at some point in the future, though a day or time hasn’t been set.

— Tyler Silvy covers government and politics for The Greeley Tribune. Reach him at tsilvy@greeleytribune.com. Connect with him at Facebook.com/TylerSilvy or @TylerSilvy on Twitter

http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/local/tensions-boil-to-surface-in-meeting-between-landowners-emergency-management-officials-and-oil-and-gas-representatives/

Fossil Fuel Misinformation Helps Quash Community Effort to Ban Fracking in Youngstown, Ohio

By Simon Davis-Cohen • Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – 06:32

For the first time since 2013, a group of activists in Youngstown, Ohio, has been told it cannot place an anti-fracking initiative on local ballots, due in part to a misinformation campaign from the fossil fuel industry.

On October 6, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that two proposed ballot initiatives — one to outlaw fracking and fracking waste injections and another to regulate political campaign contributions within city limits — would not be up for a vote this November. In previous years, voters weighed in on similar initiatives, which were ultimately defeated.

The recent ruling came despite both initiatives receiving the required number of signatures to get on the ballot.

“We’ve become experts at collecting signatures!” said Susie Beiersdorfer of the Youngstown Community Bill of Rights Committee.

The initiatives were in large part a response to earthquakes caused by fracking waste injections, illegal dumping of fracking waste in a local river, and the expansion of fracking in this area of eastern Ohio.

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