Thursday, July 3, 2014

National Response Center and Four other Agencies Contacted for Massive Fracking Industry Oil Spill in National Heritage River in Colorado. UPDATE


On June 20th 2014 Colorado's Cache La Poudre River, (sometimes called the Poudre River or the Poudre), was reportedly contaminated by more than 7,500 gallons of crude oil, produced waters, and other fracking industry chemicals from a well-pad that had been impacted by excessive snow-melt runoff.

Agencies involved: 

Date Agency/Party Contact Phone Response
6/20/2014 NRC - Verbally communicated spill
6/20/2014 COGCC Rick Allison - Verbally communicated spill
6/20/2014 CDPHE - Verbally Communicated spill
6/20/2014 Noble Land Dept Landowner -
6/20/2014 Weld Co - Left message detailing spill

The Poudre’s  headwaters are in the Front Range in Larimer County, in the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park. The river descends eastward in the mountains through the Roosevelt National Forest in Poudre Canyon. It emerges from the foothills north of the city of Fort Collins. It flows eastward across the plains, passing north of the city of Greeley, and flows into the South Platte River approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Greeley. [1]

The Cache La Poudre river corridor is the only Colorado river that boasts a naturally self-sustaining wild trout population, and is listed as a National Heritage Area  that includes the 100-year flood plain of the river from its emergence from the mountains to its confluence with the South Platte River.[2]

According to a ‘form 19/spill incident report’ document obtained from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s, (COGCC) the following was officially reported: ‘On May 24, 2014, in anticipation of potential flooding due to heavy precipiation and snow melt, Noble Energy shut in oil and gas wells State M36-3, M36-5,6-36,7-36, and 8-36. Flooding and field conditions impeded safe access to the wells until June 20, 2014. Immediately upon access to the tank battery unit associated with the above mentioned oil and gas wells, evidence of an unintentional release resulting from flood-releated impacts was observed. Available information indicates a loss of 173 BBLS of condensate. The cause of the unintentional release is believed to be a break in the produced water valve on the back of the condensate storage tank. Noble called a vacuum truck to the location to vacuum up pooling water as well as any remaining fluids in both the affected and nonaffected storage tank. A third party environmental emergency response consultant was called immediatley following the discovery of the unintentional release to assess the location and deploy clean up measures.’

Thanks to EcoFlight's Bruce Gorden and team member; Dom Smith, fractivist team members: Lee Buchsbaum, Chelsea Richer and I were able to film, photograph and narrate the affected area and capture on-the-ground operations by Noble Energy and the State. Video below by EcoFlight.




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Investigative questions:

1.) Why was this well-pad 'not' listed as impacted from last years flood when all of the other well-pads in the area were?

2.) The industry and the State of Colorado have listed this incident as being caused by increased temperatures and heavy snow-melt runoff. Are they admitting our climate has changed?

3.) This well-pad documentation  indicates that the damaged condensate tanks 'were, in-fact' anchored down, using approved COGCC methods. This incident appears to illustrate that the anchors that fasten the tanks down are inadequate to prevent adverse impacts and the COGCC should immediately respond to their inadequate regulatory protocols for anchoring.

4.) Should this well-pad should be immediately plugged and abandoned? Yes, all fracking industry well-pads should be prohibited in a flood plain. Period.

5.) Will Noble Energy be fined for this environmental catastrophe?  Me thinks not...

Stay tuned for ongoing updates on this environmental catastrophe. We have very unique information we will be releasing shortly.


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Shane Davis
Chelsea Richer 
Lee Buchsbaum






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Monday, May 19, 2014

'The Extreme Hydrocarbon Survey', Will Make Toxic Invisible Oil and Gas Emissions Visible.



There are a lot of ways at looking at the world. There’s the obvious realm of light and shadow. The basic shapes that the naked eye perceives, but there’s also an entirely different perspective; a dynamically alternate reality lurking just below the surface. Hidden patterns, unseen infrastructures, an invisible universe, governed not by light and dark, but by cold and hot. This is infrared thermal imaging and it gives us the power to see the invisible. - FLIR

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Extreme Hydrocarbon Survey

Making the invisible, visible…


Background: Colorado is currently home to over 51,000 active oil and gas wells with the industry prepared to drill an additional 50,000 more wells over the next two decades. While enjoying a range of specific exemption carve-outs from the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and particularly the Clean Air Act regarding hydrocarbon emission releases each fracked well and unit is deemed a ‘minor non-point source’ of pollution. Not evaluated cumulatively, oil and gas production is federally exempt from the emission standards that every other industry has to follow. Due to these unique exemptions, each well-pad can release hundreds of tons of harmful hydrocarbon emissions per year. Spread over more than 50,000 wells, this equates to billions of tons of noxious often endocrine disrupting chemicals such as methane, benzene, butane, hexane and dozens of others that are legally allowed to be released into and harm Colorado’s environment every day. The trespass of these generally unmonitored emissions affect fish and wildlife including many ostensibly protected habitats and endangered species--as well as cattle, agricultural crops and all living things that now have no choice but to respire these toxins. The Extreme Hydrocarbon Survey will also be conducted in Pennsylvania, California, New York and other affected states.

Objective: To visually record and capture hydrocarbon emissions data on specific oil and gas well sites located throughout the recent flood zones along the swollen Platte River and tributaries in Weld County as well as throughout the western slope of Colorado Rocky Mountains in Garfield and Mesa Counties. This survey will focus on areas of special concern such as but not limited to Colorado rivers and riparian systems; state and federal lands parks and wildlife refuges; public schools and universities; retirement communities and hospitals; and other sensitive areas in the regions being impacted by encroaching oil and gas development. We will utilize the data to help alert and inform citizens living throughout these areas about both the legal and fugitive hydrocarbon emissions they are being subject to regularly. By assembling and presenting this data across several media platforms, we will be able to clearly illustrate the danger caused by these cumulative emissions and their adverse impacts to the environment and human health.

Education & Outreach: Once the data is assembled, we will initiate a secondary educational and public outreach campaign designed to explain the data in public forums. Our presentations will have a primary focus on Colorado, but will expand through repeated visits to regions in New York, California and Pennsylvania that are or could be affected by oil and gas development as well. Collectively the data showing the cumulative affects of government sanctioned extreme hydrocarbon development will be publicly shared to inform impacted communities. Once empowered with information, communities will better be able to organize around the data we acquire to protect their environment through the use of EHS’s protocols and programs. EHS will collect information from all events and continue the educational process by building a nationwide membership and resource base. Natural gas and oil producing communities throughout the U.S. will be further empowered through multi-faceted, comparative educational materials, a series of public speaking events and community forums, on-line resources and databases and through a network of informed and empowered individuals who together will be better able to enact positive change.


Thank you Patagonia for your generous donation!



INFRARED CAMERA IN ACTION!


Independent laboratory (third party) testing confirms that the GasFindIR cameras can see the following gases at the minimum detected leak rate (MDLR):

1-Pentene - 5.6g/hr
Benzene - 3.5g/hr
Butane -0.4g/hr
Ethane - 0.6g/hr
Ethanol - 0.7g/hr
Ethylbenzene - 1.5g/hr
Ethylene - 4.4g/hr
Heptane - 1.8g/hr
Hexane - 1.7g/hr
Isoprene - 8.1g/hr
MEK - 3.5g/hr
Methane - 0.8g/hr
Methanol - 3.8g/hr
MIBK - 2.1g/hr
Octane - 1.2g/hr
Pentane - 3.0g/hr
Propane - 0.4g/hr
Propylene - 2.9g/hr
Toluene - 3.8g/hr 
Xylene - 1.9g/hr


Help us protect the environment and communities all across America!


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

**NEW COLORADO ANTI-FRACKING FILM** 'Dear Governor Hickenlooper' Premiers at Mountain Film Festival this May!


Dear Governor Hickenlooper

Inspired by the 2013 Mountainfilm selection Dear Governor Cuomo, this compiling by Colorado creatives follows Shane Davis (a.k.a. The Fractivist) as he guides us through a series of vignettes. These stories were collected from the state’s filmmakers, farmers, skiers, activists and concerned citizens and use both science and emotional appeal to explain why fracking is problematic in Colorado.

This confident and brash film incorporates work from some previous Mountainfilm contributors, including Suzan Beraza (Bag It and Uranium Drive-In, Mountainfilm 2009 and 2013), Alexandria Bombach (“MoveShake” series and Common Ground), Pete McBride (Chasing Water and The Water Tower, Mountainfilm 2011 and 2013), Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Ice, Mountainfilm 2012) and Scott Upshur (The Local’s Bite, Mountainfilm 2012).


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Friday, April 25, 2014

SNEAK PEAK: Dear President Obama - Documentary Film Due Out in 2015

Our new film — “Dear President Obama, Americans Against Fracking In One Voice” — is a direct appeal to the President, and to all elected officials, to carefully consider the growing evidence proving that hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas is hardly the path to energy independence that many promote. Premiering in late 2014, the film takes a cross-country look at fracking, highlighting its variety of contaminations, the stories of its victims, the false promise of an economic boom, with a focus on energy solutions that would allow us to proceed towards an energy future that does not rely on yet another dirty fossil fuel extraction process. Interviews with scientists, economists, geologists and whistle-blowers will provide the core information we hope will convince the current President and those that will follow to join the “anti-fracking” majority that is growing across the United States. Filming began in November 2013 and will continue through the year. Please check in with the site frequently as we’ll be updating it regularly from the field with new photos, videos, interviews and testimonies. – Jon Bowermaster

 SHANE DAVIS, FRACTIVIST


ROD BRUESKE, FARMER

Friday, April 11, 2014

Why a New Industry-Sponsored Fake News Section in the Denver Post Threatens the Newspaper’s Reputation

By Erin Moriarty

Even the most seasoned Denver Post readers can be fooled by a new advertising ploy from oil and gas front group Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED), in which fake, industry-sponsored news stories are being published as part of a special “Energy and Environment” section on the newspaper’s website.

Each CRED-authored story uses the same font and layout as real Denver Post articles from real Denver Post reporters, undoubtedly attempting to pass CRED’s message off as real news. But, it’s not. It’s yet another paid effort that CRED is using to validate its now-dwindling credibility. CRED is no stranger to promoting its message through paid advertising, as can be seen by the television, radio, online, and bus advertisements that the group has been running since its inception in September 2013.

This time, the ad on Denver Post’s website boasts “news” about oil and gas development in the state, when really, the group is just peddling its own version of facts. In the “Energy and Environment” section on the Denver Post’s website, CRED’s advertorial features several stories on natural gas exports, local control amendments, and other energy issues Coloradans have been following for months.


Read more...

Should the Federal trade Commission intervene and stop CRED's (Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development) deceptive ads?

 Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development | CRED.org

P.S. Energy development? According to the first Law of Thermodynamics; energy can neither be created nor destroyed, so CRED's acronym is COMPLETELY INCORRECT AND DECEPTIVE.



- Shane




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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Amy Oliver, Independence Institute - Challenges Anyone to Find Six Oil & Gas Wells in Greeley, CO | Really?

Amy Oliver: 'There are over 400 wells in Greeley. I challenge people all of the time. Find me six. Name me where six of them are.' Referring to how hidden oil and gas wells are in Greeley. Oliver's statement from the ether was absolutely ridiculous. Did you think I couldn't find a single well Amy? You're sadly mistaken when it comes to grassroots organizations not having pertinent data and skill-sets. 
























Amy, here is the answer to your challenge. You said that Greeley has 400 oil and gas wells. Let me be the first to inform you that you are incorrect. You failed to count the abandoned wells under people homes, in backyards, near schools, playgrounds and more.

Let’s also not omit the more than one dozen toxic evaporation pits that have been back-filled and one location where a super market appears to have been built on top one. You challenged anyone to find ‘just six wells in Greeley, CO’ and I accept by offering up every well on record in Greeley.


WATCH THE PRESET VIDEO BELOW AS AMY INSERTS BOTH OF HER FEET IN HER MOUTH

Click Link


Maybe you should be careful Amy, when polishing your unicorn horn on public television. So Amy, here is the very beginning of an ‘oil and gas show and tell’ on Greeley, courtesy of 'your arrogance.' Here are ALL of the wells and a few stingers below.


Forward to: 22:00 or click the above link



CLICK  MAP TO ENLARGE  (look at all of the wells!)























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1.) Back-filled industrial waste water evaporation pit under King Soopers Supermarket: MCCLOSKEY 11-9 - #111004 Information 
http://cogcc.state.co.us/cogis/FacilityDetail.asp?facid=111004&type=PIT


2.) Plugged & abandoned oil well under ball field: API # 05-123-18491 Status: AL
Well Name/No: MCCLOSKEY #9-6H6 (click well name for production)
Operator: SNYDER OIL CORP - 80530
Status Date: 10/2/1994
http://cogcc.state.co.us/cogis/FacilityDetail.asp?facid=12318491&type=WELL


3.) Plugged and abandoned well under home: API # 05-123-11682 Status: PA
Well Name/No: ELLIOTT #13-9 (click well name for production)
Operator: ST JAMES ENERGY OPERATING INC - 10131
Status Date: 12/19/1998 Federal or State Lease #: 68341
http://cogcc.state.co.us/cogis/FacilityDetail.asp?facid=12311682&type=WELL




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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dear Governor Jerry Brown: Will you Deny the Citizens of California their Civil Rights to Safety?

Dear Governor Jerry Brown:

With 2,139 oil and gas wells already fracked, will California repeat the same mistakes of the past and let a largely unregulated industry invade? Will you frack to the moon and back, or will your ‘Moonbeam’ shine a new light on harmful fracking and ban it outright in California?  Governor Brown, your environmental legacy could easily be erased by allowing fracking in California to continue. Will you have the courage to be a national leader and ban fracking altogether or will you be swayed by the multi-national ‘OILigarchy’ to destroy California’s water, soil and air for offshore profits of the few?

REWIND: Since the late 1890’s prospectors have been in search of oil deposits spanning nearly every square inch of Los Angeles County.  Oil was finally discovered at a depth of 460 feet using a makeshift drill carved from a 60 foot eucalyptus tree. WildcatterS swarmed to Los Angeles looking for land to lease and wells to drill anywhere they could find with hopes of striking it rich.






























Huntington Beach, CA






















In 1906 a few of the wealthiest prospectors who dominated the Los Angeles oil field thought the local ranch-lands that grew beans as a major cash-crop had  vast oil plays under them. They were wrong. There was no oil to be found, so the men quickly ripped out the farmland to create a section of land into a ‘classy subdivision’ called Beverly Hills. Before they sold a single lot in Beverly Hills, they added restrictive covenants to every deed forbidding any oil exploration or oil wells on the property. That protection was essential for any respectable neighborhood, because the oil boom had ruined one street after another in Los Angeles.  Entire neighborhoods had vanished under the forest of wooden derricks and a grimy film of oil, and the roar of the escaping natural gas and the ump-um ump- um of the pumps never ceased.

Gusher - Los Angeles County, California late 1800's

The horse-drawn wagons that carried heavy drilling equipment and pipe tore up city streets. And the blocks off Santa Monica near Vermont  Avenue had become a raucous oil workers shantytown. The saloons were busy 24 hours a day. Prostitutes often plied their trade from temporary shelters made from canvass stretched over wooden poles. Gamblers worked out of two room shacks, with a pool table and tobacco counter in the front with pinball machines, card games and a quick exit in the back. These abuses flourished because the city hesitated to clamp down on the oil industry.1


























Well explosion in Sante Fe, CA 


Fast-forward to 2014 where the Los Angeles City Council in a 10-0 vote, unanimously enacted the first moratorium on fracking in California. California currently has approximately 2,139 oil and gas wells that have been fracked with tens, if not, a hundred thousand more to come. The majority of the wells are horizontally fracked in the central valley which is considered the Unites States largest agricultural lands providing more than 50 percent of all the nations produce and 95 percent of the almond market.
























It is no secret California is currently experiencing a water drought of epic proportions that has all farmers on edge wondering if they’ll have enough for their crops.  I spent nearly two weeks in California on a speaking  tour driving from city to city and saw large signs that riddled the highways and interstates with statements that read: ‘NO WATER = NO JOBS.’ The drought is so bad that some farmers are pulling out their crops, religious believers are praying for rain and local governments are ordering restaurants to stop serving glasses of water except to those patrons who request it.3  


Have California officials lost their minds by allowing the oil and gas industry to use such a valuable resource as water to mine for a far less valuable fossil fuel? Who has the lack of responsibility to allow such a non-beneficial use of water and remove it from future generations?

We know agriculture uses vast amounts of water for crops and ranching purposes, but the water used is a ‘beneficial’ use where the water goes back into the hydrological cycle to be used again and again. The oil and gas industry’s use of potable water should immediately be banned.  No amounts of fossil fuels are worth destroying our water supply that ultimately harms the environment and our future.

Governor Brown, will you call for California as a whole, to have restrictive covenants forbidding harmful fracking as the city council did in the early 1900’s for Beverly Hills? Or will you give up California to the oil and gas industry?

Please allow me to shed some light on my experience with fracking Governor Brown; In Colorado where I live, we currently have over 52,000 active high pressure slick water fracking wells and more than 22,000 in my county alone, with approximately 75 wells within a one mile radius of my home. I conducted an investigative study using un-redacted, official COGCC spill/release reports and found that 43 percent of all oil and gas related spills resulted in ground water contamination with chemicals like benzene, toluene, xylene, ethyl-benzene and many more in Weld County, Colorado.4  My study was also confirmed as accurate by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2013.

I have since moved from this industrial wasteland and still cannot escape the oil and gas invasion as it is on a hell-bent mission to acquire every last molecule of methane and oil from the earth and transport it via train to seaside terminals to ship to other countries. What form of ‘patriotic exportation” is this?

Weld County, Colorado - fracking operations have no boundaries


Colorado’s largest aquifer was also contaminated by thermogenic methane and toluene in 2009. The aquifer was never cleaned, the oil and gas operator was fined $46,200 and the public was never informed by the state about this atrocity .5

Citizens drank benzene contaminated water, people’s homes have abandoned oil and gas wells in their back yards and they do not know about them, homes have been built on top of abandoned wells which leaked gases that subsequently exploded and sent the occupants to the burn center. Billions and billions of gallons of toxic, endocrine disrupting chemicals have been discharged in Colorado’s rivers, lands and airways for years with no end in sight all brought to us by the oil and gas industry supported and promoted by our own Governor John Hickenlooper.

Recent air chemistry studies conducted by The Endocrine Disruption Exchange  illustrate the different  types of chemicals found in the air near oil and gas operations and appear to cause long term negative physical affects to those who live near active oil and gas wells.6

There is no time to wait Governor Brown; you must call for a fracking ban in California immediately to prevent the human and ecological catastrophes that are imminent from the largely unregulated extractive industry that has grossly misinformed the American people. The industry has lied to officials, lied to the public and it also appears they have falsified documents to misinform the public that fracking is safe. It is not. This misinformation is reckless and morally wrong.

Imagine protecting the safety and welfare of the citizens, the economic infrastructure, the environment and truly protecting a viable future for California as a whole.  Your decision to ban fracking would be a positive ripple across the globe asserting a proactive approach to an industry that has not been proven safe, and in fact, this industry can never be made safe. Only you can make it safe by not allowing it to continue.

As you know, over 4,000 people recently encircled the State Capitol in protest of fracking in California. The advocates for a ban include, but are not limited to; farmers, ranchers, nurses, geologists, medical doctors, professors, local business men and women, mothers, teachers, fishermen, hikers, wine makers, native tribes, hydrologists, military veterans and so many more. Their voices rang loud and clear that they are speaking for the greater good of California’s safe and viable future.



























I have recently visited with your senior staff a couple of times and they appeared to be very interested in learning more about the alleged oil and gas failures in Colorado, our physical health observations living in the epicenter of fracking and the rumble of a fast growing movement to protect our ways of life and our pending future.  My initial comment to your staff has been: ‘We are smarter than a fossil fuel,’ and ‘no technology can make fracking safe.’

The movement is growing and is now centered on civil rights.  Our rights to safety have been stripped by the oil and gas industry's federal exemptions and state statutory laws. The people of America are rising up to prevent the oil and gas industry from destroying our lives and the planet. A global ‘call to action’ is taking place that fracking must be stopped. People will place their lives on the line to protect their children’s future, their clean water, clean air, clean lands and will sacrifice everything to ensure we re-gain our civil rights.

Will you also deny Californian's their civil rights to safety and forever be known as the man who didn't do what he could have done? 

P.S. I am a native Californian.


 Shane Davis

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Rex Tillerson Chairman & CEO Exxon Mobile may be Demonstrating the Legal Definition of 'Takings' Applies to Both the Industry and the Citizens.


Is this the case?

This case would certainly set a foundation for all communities to sue with takings as 'standing.' Could Colorado citizens and other fracked states file a class action lawsuit for 'takings' because our ways of life have been harmed/reduced and or taken away?

What are your thoughts?


LINK to official legal petition


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

ANIMOIL - Farmed and Dangerous - VIDEO

Premiering February 17th on Hulu, Farmed and Dangerous is an original comedy series produced by Chipotle Mexican Grill about the outrageously twisted and utterly unsustainable world of industrial agriculture.


 

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