California Passes Immigrant Protections Bill

Julia Conley / Common Dreams

ov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign the California Values Act, passed by lawmakers Saturday, which would make the state a “sanctuary state” with new protections for undocumented immigrants.

The 27-11 vote, along party lines, was reached after lengthy negotiations. But immigrant rights groups applauded the final bill, noting that it represented a strong rebuke of President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration agenda, including the Justice Department’s threats to withhold law enforcement grants from sanctuary cities.



Colorado: the More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper labored mightily for three months and brought forth a gnat.  He had promised the people, after an uncontrolled leak from an oil well had caused two deaths in a fiery explosion of a home in the bedroom community of Firestone, Colorado, that it would never happen again.  To fulfill this promise, he asked the oil industry, the people who caused the explosion, to tell him how it happened and how to correct their mistakes.  He rigorously guarded against invoking an independent investigation, though many in the crosshairs of the frackers had asked for one.

If most of life is preparation for things that never happen, then Hickenlooper never disappoints.  After three months of fronting for the oil industry and defending its good intentions and overall safety record, he gave birth to his gnat. Dubbed a 7-point program, this speck of a plan is so slight in its impact and reach that even the Denver Post demurred.   It is basically a repeat of his dithering Blue Ribbon panel of yesteryear, which was also monopolized by industry executives intent on making sure nothing happened.


Valve failure led to gas leak that forced evacuation of football stadium during game

Nate Miller – Greeley Tribune
September 8, 2017

Firefighters clear the field at District 6 Stadium as they investigate a suspected gas leak. The game was cut short as a result of the investigation.

Officials from SRC Energy were on site of an oil and gas well in west Greeley on Friday after an equipment failure on a gas compressor and resulting gas leak forced the evacuation of District 6 Stadium during a football game Thursday night.

Just after 8:15 p.m., Greeley Fire Department firefighters were called to the site, southeast of5011 F St. in Greeley. Greeley Fire Chief Dale Lyman said residents in the area and some in attendance at the game heard a loud noise and called 911. He said there were several calls about it.

First arriving crews heard the loud sounds associated with a high pressure gas leak. As they investigated, they discovered the leaking high-pressure line, according to a news release from the Greeley Fire Department.

As a precaution, the stadium was evacuated during a game between the Greeley West Spartans and Longmont Trojans. Lyman said District 6 stadium officials did an excellent job of quickly evacuating the stadium, once the firefighters made the request.

Lyman said crews also asked Weld County dispatchers to issue an emergency notification call to residents within a half-mile radius of the well. However, while dispatchers were working to initiate the call, the gas leak was shut off, and the call was canceled.

Officials with SRC Energy came to the scene and assisted firefighters in shutting down the leaking gas line. The well was shut in and the leak was stopped at 8:52 p.m.

Craig Rasmuson of SRC Energy said a valve on a compressor, which compresses natural gas into the infrastructure, failed, resulting in the loud whistle and gas leak. He said the public was in no immediate danger, as the gas dissipated in the air.

Sensitivities to oil and gas operations near highly populated areas are high in the wake of an April home explosion in Firestone. In that case, a gas flowline buried in the ground leaked gas into the French drains of a nearby home, which exploded when two men inside worked to replace a water heater. The line was thought to be abandoned, but for some reason it was still attached to an operating well. In this case, the compressor was above ground and gas wasn’t trapped.

Rasmuson said the well will not be turned back on until it has been gone over with a fine-toothed comb to ensure their confidence in the equipment’s safe operations.

“In this case, we’re going to check every piece of everything before we turn that location back on,” Rasmuson said. “The piece failed and it will be addressed and taken care of.”

Rasmuson said the valve, which was a quarter-inch in diameter failed, and frankly, that happens regularly in the field. That’s why the company employs people on the ground to inspect wells daily. The city of Greeley, as well, has its own inspection program, run through the fire department, with all of the city’s wells facing regular inspections.

Rasmuson said the area has been thoroughly checked for the presence of gas — which has no odor and can only be detected with special equipment — and there was none Fridaymorning.

“We had gas monitors out there, last night and this morning, we walked the whole area, all the way down to Sheep Draw, to 4th Street, to the school and homes, and we had no indications of any gas,” he said Friday.

All told, the Greeley Fire Department responded to the leak with five firetrucks and 19 firefighters. There were no injuries to residents or firefighters.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry, was notified about the leak. Officials there did not respond to requests for comment.


For FLIR camera footage of toxins leaking into the air at Northridge and 40 other well pads in Colorado



The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States. Empowered with the sovereign authority of the people by the framers and the consent of the legislatures of the states, it is the source of all government powers, and also provides important limitations on the government that protect the fundamental rights of United States citizens.

Remember these words –

“All tyranny needs to gain strength is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” – Edmond Burke

“The right to revolt has sources deep in our history.” – William O. Douglas, Supreme Court Justice

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.” – Abraham Lincoln

“If we make peaceful revolution impossible we make violent revolution inevitable. – John F. Kennedy

When Oil And Gas Moves In Next Door

If you have an oil and gas well in your neighborhood, you probably want the whole operation to be at a safe distance from your home. But it’s not that simple. The minimum allowed distance – called a setback – isn’t entirely based on math and science. It is usually a compromise between a variety of competing interests.

How Close Is Too Close?

“We used to be worried about asthma and cancers and ruining our water. Now we’re also worried about our houses blowing up,” said Barbara Mills-Bria, of Lakewood, Colo., during a recent public meeting with oil and gas regulators in Denver.


Polis Backs Oil And Gas In Surprise Comments At Industry Lunch

A longtime critic of the oil and gas industry had some surprising comments for Colorado’s business community at a luncheon last week.

Colorado is “in a great place as a state” when it comes to the energy sector, according to Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), who offered his outlook on the state’s energy market and competitiveness at a recent event sponsored by the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI).

Polis’s universal optimism came as a surprise to some of those in attendance familiar with his record of trying to stop oil and gas development.


New Analysis Shows, There’s No Safe Way to Transport Fossil Fuels

By Ryan Schleeter

Despite industry claims to the contrary, history shows that there is simply no safe way to transport fossil fuels, and pipelines are no exception.

The rate and volume of pipeline spills in the U.S. has increased in recent years, with devastating consequences for communities and our environment. In the past decade, U.S. pipeline spills have led to 20 fatalities, 35 injuries, $2.6 billion in costs and more than 34 million gallons spilled. That’s an average of 9,000 gallons of hazardous liquids spilled every single day for ten years.

And yet Donald Trump’s pro-fossil fuel agenda means we could be facing a massive expansion of the U.S. pipeline network, including increased development in the Canadian tar sands. If that happens, it would be disastrous for the climate and violate the rights of tribes and First Nations on both sides of the border.


In Carbondale, the right to breathe, recycle and enjoy the night sky

Ryan Summerlin

An environmental bill of rights in Carbondale would advocate items including clean air, clean water, protected “viewscapes,” increased recycling, automobile alternatives and “unimpeded views of the quintessential Western night sky.”

It wouldn’t have the force of law, but the whole Carbondale Board of Trustees supports the idea as a “guiding document.”

Trustees have described it as a “filter” that the board would use in its decision making, but nothing as forceful as an ordinance. As Trustee Heather Henry put it, the environmental bill of rights is seen as an “overarching document, not a policy document.” This will be a bill of rights to hang on the boardroom wall and distribute through town.