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April 29, 2012 03:43 AM UTC

SB 107 and Fracking Safety Act

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  • by: morgancarroll

( – promoted by ProgressiveCowgirl)

The hearing for SB 107 has been scheduled for:

Wednesday May 2, 2012

1:30 PM in the Old Supreme Court Room (2nd Floor)

Colorado State Capitol

200 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver

This is the only remaining fracking bill alive this legislative session. If you or anyone you know is concerned about fracking in Colorado, please come testify!

We are experiencing record permitting and will see drilling activity increased and far closer to high-density population centers.  The State of Colorado does not have adequate numbers of inspectors to inspect the permits we already have.

The Colorado Oil & Gas Association, the oil and gas companies and their allies will be opposed and we will need ordinary people to stand up for their interests.

The bill as it will likely be amended will require COGCC to establish, goals, targets for safest available and best practices for:

Fracking near radioactive materials;

Fracking near explosives & munities;

Fracking near Superfund sites;

Standards for leak-detection;

Increased set-backs for high risk areas;

Standards regarding open pits;

Use of Closed Loop systems;

Air Quality Standards in coordination with Air Quality Control Commission;

Water Quality Testing Samples before and after drilling;

Placing Water Quality Reports on a public website;

Reducing toxicity, including use of carcinogenic materials in fracking chemicals;

Establishing adequate environmental bonds commensurate with risk and potential for damages.

My sincerest thanks and appreciation!

Senator Morgan Carroll

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26 thoughts on “SB 107 and Fracking Safety Act

  1. Senator Carroll, I want to thank you for all you do.  I am not in your district but you are one of a few legislators that get it.  You fight for the rights of Colorado citizens regarding healthcare, the environment and the insurance industry and you are on the right side of the issues almost all the time. We need more legislators like you.

    It’s too bad that we have to ruin our state to understand what fracking is going to do for us.  Five years down the road the citizens of Colorado will have had enough but will it be too late?  After you’re able to light your water on fire and have to wear a gas mask in your home perhaps then Colorado residents will realize they should have paid attention to what the oil and gas companies want to do in our state.  

    I’m not from Colorado originally but why is Colorado so far behind in regulating companies?  Are we that short sited?  

  2. why is Colorado so far behind in regulating companies?

    is not that our leaders are short sighted…it is that they are sold out.

    It’s all about the money.

  3. From what they tell me over at the oil and gas conferences, everything is fine.  Colorado is having an oil renaissance.  Back to our future–I always thought ‘boom and bust’ had a great sound to it.  Energy bubble you say?  No, baby, no–this high’s gonna last forever sweetheart.  Trust me.  

  4. Just so you know–Chesapeake finally capped its spewing well.  Two things–one, its in Wyoming.  Suckers. and two, it only took 68 hours.  Now while there are some who would note that is over 4,000 minutes, I would counter that it is less than half a week, which is less than one-hundredth of a year.  

    http://journalstar.com/busines…  

    1. Though the well was fairly close to Douglas, population 6,100, the nearest home was more than a mile away.

      was written to reassure folks.

      So, if this blowout had occured in Colorado, where there are gas wells within 200 feet of some homes, would it have been a bit scarier?

      The setback issue is STILL on the table at the COGCC. Currently, the minimum setback is 150 ft.That is disgraceful. It should be, at least, a half a mile.  

  5. my personal thanks for taking an interest in this issue and trying to give it some exposure. I have been involved in the O&G debate (dare I say, struggle) for 7 or 8 years now, and one thing has become very clear to me. The O&G industry wins by wearing you down.

    They are relentless, they are rich. They can afford to pay armies of people to show up where needed. Workers, attorneys, engineers, politicians…all in sufficient numbers to give the impression they are invincible. It isn’t so. They are hard to beat…but it can be done.

    The truth is the oil and gas industries’ “kryptonite”. It is lethal to them. And the truth is…they are lying. The great challenge is to make the truth heard over the noise of their obfuscation.

    I sure wish we still had Kathleen on the team. But, gratefully, we still have you.  

    1. It IS a heavy lift to try anything that this industry opposes.  I’m glad you’re still fighting for truth and looking out for CO communities and happy to have any help I can get!  

    2. What was it Margaret Mead said so well?

      Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

      1. I am a small, recent voice in a debate that has raged for many decades.

        There are groups, and individuals all over Colorado, who have sacrificed much, worked hard, and withstood enormous harrassment and derision for having the temerity to question the Oil and Gas diety and the followers who worship at his temple…the Dollar Bill.

        This vast group of dedicated citizens, underpaid lawyers and organization staff, and a few courageous lawmakers have prevailed whenever they can find a way to work together and swiftly put their energies into the right activities.

        I am moved to give a shout out to all the people who have inspired me to continue. I will not embarrass them by “outing them”. But, to Kim, Matt, Deanna, Clare, Josh, Gwen, Elise, Dan, Frank, Alan, Jeremy, Carolyn, Patrick, Lee, Suzanne, Kate, Brenda, Claudette, Peter, Hanna, and many dozens of organizational staff members who work thankless jobs for long hours with low pay because they weep over the injustice…

        Thank you.

        and to the “Tres Miguelitos”, and Luke, and Bill, Lance, and all the other attorneys who risk their career, eschewing the “big dollars”, to help and work with the above mentioned “enviros”. My admiration for you is immense. Thank you.

        But mostly, to all my fellow “peeps” (as my enviro friends call us); To Carol and Olyn, to Peggy and Bob, to Mary Ellen, to Doug, Marv, Peggy, Gopa, Aurielle, Leslie, Chris, Karen, Oni, Laura, Shirley, Nancy and Barb, Paul and Bobbi, and on and on… Thanks.

        Many of you, to my regret, I will never see again, for you have moved away. But I am proud to speak on your behalf and will continue to do so as long as I can.

        It is the truth YOU live on a daily basis that constitutes the injustice faced off against by farmers and ranchers, small town mayors, students, outfitters, store clerks, wealthy donors, school teachers, retirees, legislators, and countless other average, plain ol’, ordinary, people.

        Another truth is the inevitable bellicosity that will be afforded upon Senator Carroll for taking action. Your courage, Senator, is inspiring.    

         

  6. There have been attempts at the local level to regulate fracking activities. These efforts have been dismissed by most Republicans who say statewide standards are needed so the industry knows what the rules are statewide. SB 12-107 does just that.

    Natural gas production involving hydraulic fracking and the monitoring and protection of our environment, particularly the precious resource of our drinking water, can never be mutually exclusive. Senator Carroll’s bill establishes a clear bright line for the industry to responsibly extract an abundant and relatively clean energy resource while providing evidence based data through monitoring to protect the environment and establishes prudent safeguards regulating fracking in sensitive areas.

    Currently there is an abundant supply of extracted natural gas, so much in fact there’s no place to store it. The time is now to enact SB 12-107 so when drilling picks up again due to diminished supply the rules are in place and our environment is protected.

    1. Senator Carroll, I am having trouble discerning the intent and scope of Article 14 of the Colorado Bill of Rights:

      Sec. 14. Private property shall not be taken for private use unless by consent of the owner, except for private ways of necessity, and except for reservoirs, drains, flumes or ditches on or across the lands of others, for agricultural, mining, milling, domestic or sanitary purposes.

      As I understand it, the article is stating:\


      Sec. 14. Private property shall not be taken for private use unless by consent of the owner for agricultural, mining, milling, domestic or sanitary purposes.

       

  7. Thanks for introducing this bill!

    We’ll keep up the fight in Longmont!!

    This is about wells being too close to schools and public recreation facilities.  

    It is about the People of the State of Colorado having the sovereign right to say something about that — to ANY industry!  And ALL of us giving the politicians of any party who are not on our side one hell of a hard time!!  Gov Frackenlooper ought to be a One Term Wonder, who is defeated by somebody who cares more about Colorado kids than the COGA!!

    It is going to become about citizen surveillance and monitoring of what is happening at key sites of concern.

    It is going to be pressure on the council at every last city council meeting until this nightmare ends!

  8. SB 107 is one vote short and will not pass out of Senate appropriations.  Thank you to everyone who is working on public health and safety on these issues.

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