Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Two Homes Built On Top of a 34 Year Old Abandoned Oil and Gas Well-Bore and Liquid Waste Evaporation Pit in Longmont Colorado?

According to data from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), it appears that the LeFevre 1-17 (gas well), with a total vertical depth of 7,075 feet was drilled in 1982 by Martin Exploration with the GPS location of 40.139756 - 105.143321 and facility ID #206626.



















































This location indicates that the abandoned well is in the backyard of a Longmont, Colorado resident located at: 3464 Larkspur Drive.


Abandoned gas well appears to be in home owner's back-yard (bottom left) and an abandoned  liquid waste evaporation pit in another home owner's yard (3465 Larkspur Drive)



















The LeFevre 1-17 oil and gas well-casing is thirty four years old, and according a comprehensive study conducted by Schlumberger Oil and Gas, 'uncontrolled migration of hydrocarbons to the surface has been a challenge to the oil and gas industry.'


Oil and Gas Operator 'Couldn't Find Well' - that seems to be a problem



































The Schlumberger well-casing failure study shows that 'gas migration, also called annular flow, can lead to sustained casing pressure (SCP), which can be characterized as the development of annular pressure at the surface that can be bled to zero, but then builds again.' This is an indication of an unstable zonal isolation below ground. Imagine an explosive gas hiccup that could occur at any moment without warning.

Sustained casing pressure of plugged and abandoned wells are a significant problem affecting many wells around the world and the age of the the well-casing has a direct correlation to failure rates. Sixty percent of all well-casing studied that were 28 years old had experienced fluid/gas migrations or (SCP).

Schlumberger well casing failure study LINK



























All well-casings fail over time and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, (COGCC), and Governor John Hickenlooper know the inherent dangers they are forcing on the public, and should never allow the development of homes on-top or even near these potential catastrophic hazards.

Their actions are reckless endangerment at the highest level, and the home owners are innocently unaware of the willful acts of those involved that continue to maximize profit at the peril of citizens.

Sadly, last month in Firestone, a fatal house explosion killed two men by an explosion caused by a flow-line seeping methane into the basement of the home that ignited. This tragedy could have been prevented, and all future catastrophes can be prevented if the state acts in a manner consistent with public health, safety and environment with regards to oil and gas development.

If, according to the oil and gas giant Schlumberger, 60% of all well casings that are 28 years old fail and allow gases and liquids to migrate outwards, potentially into homes, how many more incidents like Firestone will occur and is your home next?



Application to Permit to Drill


LIQUID WASTE EVAPORATION PIT DATA - USED BY OIL AND GAS OPERATOR





































































Oil and gas evaporation pits are used by the industry to dump their liquid industrial waste fluids.  An evaporation pit is created by digging a hole into the earth and for liquid waste disposal through evaporation.

Most of the evaporation pits were crude, unlined (earthen) holes in the ground where much of the heavy chemicals sank to the bottom and leached into the ground while the lighter chemicals evaporated into the airspace above.

What a criminal way to dispose of toxic byproducts. The industry has always found ways of making money at the expense of public health, safety and environment.

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Evaporation pits in use and then back-filled (covered up) Click Image




































The questions are: Do you have a well under or near your home? Do you have a right to know if your home was developed in an area with abandoned oil and gas wells? Should the state be liable for allowing your home to be build on-top or near an abandoned oil and gas well?

Contact me and I'll let you know if you have an abandoned oil and gas well or evaporation pit under or near your home.

By the way, what's the blast radius of a well-bore blowout?



Sign petition to immediately halt all oil and gas activity in residential neighborhoods.


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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

IMMEDIATELY SHUT DOWN ALL OIL AND GAS WELLS IN ALL CITIES IN COLORADO | PETITION

To be delivered to The Colorado State House, The Colorado State Senate, and Governor John Hickenlooper


An abandoned gas line that had never been disconnected from a nearby well was at the root of a deadly home explosion in Firestone, CO on April 17. Two people died in the gas explosion and another in critical condition. 

This tragedy could have been prevented. The lives of Colorado citizens and the environment are still in imminent and grave danger due to you allowing the development and operation of oil and gas wells in occupied neighborhoods, elementary schools, playgrounds, public spaces, rivers, hospitals all across Colorado.



SIGN PETITION HERE



GOVERNOR JOHN W. HICKENLOOPER 


WE DEMAND: 

1.  SHUTTING DOWN ALL OIL AND GAS WELLS IN ALL RESIDENTIAL AREAS AND OUTLYING AREAS IN THE STATE OF COLORADO. AN IMMEDIATE INJUNCTION SHOULD BE PLACED ON ALL OIL AND GAS ACTIVITY. 

2.  MECHANICAL INTEGRITY TESTS BE CONDUCTED IMMEDIATELY ON ALL ACTIVE AND ABANDONED OIL AND GAS WELLS IN COLORADO. 

3.  CLOSURE OF THE 'SETBACK LOOPHOLE.' In 2012 I discovered a Setback Loophole and introduced a bill to close it – but the unfortunately, the bill died. COGCC Rule 602(d) states: “Existing wells are exempt from the provisions of these regulations as they relate to the location of the well.” This Setback Loophole allows any ‘completed’ well to be re-entered and re-drilled regardless of proximity to a structure. And home developers are exempt from any state setbacks from oil and gas operations. This appears to be reckless endangerment and must cease and desist immediately. 

4.  IMPLEMENTING A ‘REVERSE SETBACK’ for commercial developers that is based on good science health studies and current failure data to ascertain a distance from oil and gas wells that provides public health, safety and welfare and environment. 

5.   'CLOSURE OF THE 'WAIVER LOOPHOLE'  
The ‘Waiver Loophole’ allows any operator to not abide by any rule or regulation regarding oil and gas development and operations that causes them ‘undue financial burden.’With a single sentence from the oil and gas industry that states “abiding by this rule will cause XYZ operator and its operations undue financial burden” the industry then does not have to abide by the rule or pay its expense to do so, and is then waived by a simple signature of COGCC Director Matt Lepore. 

6.  THE COGCC PLACE AN IMMEDIATE HALT ON THE ISSUANCE OF PERMITS not yet approved or applied for as of the March 23 Martinez verdict, and to begin a balanced process that provided public healthy, safety and environment. 

7.  WE DEMAND OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO SAFETY 

8.  LOCATION AND ID OF ABANDONED WELS AND FLOW-LINES UNDER OR NEAR COLORADO CITIZEN'S HOME AND THE CITIZEN'S SHOULD BE NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY OF WELL LOCATIONS. 

9. ALL 60,000+ MILES OF FLOW-LINES IN COLORADO BE INSPECTED IMMEDIATELY 



o 17.5% of all fracking industry spills had already caused ground water contamination in a statewide study. 

o 40% of spills contaminated groundwater in Weld County, where Firestone is located. My studies, were confirmed accurate three years later by Matt Lepore, Director of the COGCC. If any company had contaminated groundwater at a 40% rate they would no doubt be shut down 

On June 12, 2012 I attended a fracking study session in Loveland, Co where I told the Mayor, planning and zoning commission they could create their own setbacks from fracking industry oil and gas wells. I told them they should locate every active and abandoned well in their city and outlying county and develop new homes away from existing wells in order to protect public health, safety and welfare. I recently contacted the city of Loveland to acquire the recording of said presentation, and they said that they 'purged it from their system.' It no longer exists. 

In 2011 the COGCC requested emergency funding in Florence, CO for explosive levels of methane seeping into more than a dozen homes from an abandoned well more than 1,000’ away. The homes had to be 
immediately evacuated. For perspective, the home in Firestone was 170’ away from an abandoned well. 

There are COGCC documents that illustrate numerous homes in Colorado are build on top of abandoned oil and gas wells and in a few cases, the home exploded due to methane seepage into the basements. One person was taken to the burn center.

These are some of the imposed dangers you have placed upon us Governor John Hickenlooper, and it is time to cease and desist what appears to be reckless endangerment of Colorado citizens. In addition, commercial developers can develop closer to oil and gas wells than the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commissions’ (COGCC) setbacks allow. 

I warned the Governor and COGCC  that an incident like Firestone would happen. He ignored me. He ignored the COGCC's own failures and in doing so, he failed to prevent the Firestone catastrophe from happening. There is no doubt a catastrophic tragedy like Firestone or worse, will happen again if the State of Colorado does not act immediately to pass statewide laws that protect the “civil rights to safety” of Colorado citizens and that of the environment and not favor the oil and gas industry. 


LINK TO SIGN PETITION







Monday, May 1, 2017

Dear Boulder County Commissioners

Dear Boulder County Commissioners,

Cindy Domenico, Deb Gardner, Elise Jones:


What can I say?

What can I say that I haven't already said for the last seven years of my life to you, other commissioners, city councils, senators, governors, and hundreds of thousands of Coloradans, media everywhere and the entire United States? I have even told the fracking industry the facts on their oil and gas state of failures. 

I will now re-iterate.

I warned everyone an incident like Firestone would happen. The probability exists that an oil and gas related catastrophe in residential neighborhoods will happen when industry infrastructure and realistic setbacks are not created.  There is no doubt a catastrophic tragedy will happen if Boulder County does not act immediately to pass local laws that protect the “civil rights to safety” of Boulder County citizens and that of the environment  and not favor the oil and gas industry.

Firestone, Colorado home exploded in fireball. Two men died.

I have probably reviewed more than a half million Colorado Oil and Gas documents, I have seen documents that illustrate explosive levels of methane and other gases seeping into dozens of homes that had to be evacuated by the COGCC. I have seen documents that show how the Laramie Fox-Hills Aquifer was contaminated with methane and toluene (a fracking fluid) by a well casing leak. Private water wells all over the state have been contaminated by oil and gas operations. Methane and fluid migrations can travel over one mile in distance.

I have seen thousands of spill reports that showed 17.5% of all fracking industry spills had already caused ground water contamination in a statewide study.  And a staggering 40% of spills contaminated groundwater in Weld County, where Firestone is located. My studies, which are nothing more than the COGCC’s own documents, were confirmed accurate three years later by Matt Lepore, Director of the COGCC. If any company had contaminated groundwater at a 40% rate they would no doubt be shut down.



I have reviewed documents that illustrate numerous homes in Colorado are build right on top of abandoned oil and gas wells and in a few cases, the home exploded due to methane seepage into the basements.  One person was taken to the burn center.

In 2011 the COGCC requested emergency funding in Florence, CO for explosive levels of methane seeping into more than a dozen homes from an abandoned well more than 1,000’ away. The homes had to be immediately evacuated.  For perspective, the home in Firestone was 170’ away from an abandoned well.

According to a Cornell University Study: 60% of well-bores fail after 20 years. Meaning; the structural integrity of wellbores degrade, corrode, crack and fall apart after twenty years.

There are six abandoned wells in Boulder City proper that are over 80 years old that appear to be in homeowner’s backyards or underneath or near occupied homes.  There are nearly one dozen other abandoned wells that exist in the surrounding areas of the City of Boulder.

There is an 80+ year old abandoned well under Valmont reservoir and two abandoned wells the same age on the beaches of the Boulder Reservoir where, >300,000 people visit annually. There is also an abandoned oil and gas well from the 1930’s less than 200’ feet from Creekside Elementary School. Nearly the same distance as the well in Firestone.

BOULDER, COLORADO

























On June 12, 2012 I attended a fracking study session in Loveland, Co where I told the Mayor, planning and zoning commission they could create their own setbacks from fracking industry oil and gas wells.  I told them they should locate every active and abandoned well in their city and outlining county and develop new homes away from existing wells in order to protect public health, safety and welfare.

In 2012 I discovered a Setback Loophole and introduced a bill to close it – but the unfortunately, the bill died. COGCC Rule 602(d) states: “Existing wells are exempt from the provisions of these regulations as they relate to the location of the well.” This Setback Loophole allows any ‘completed’ well to be re-entered and re-drilled regardless of proximity to a structure. And home developers are exempt from any state setbacks from oil and gas operations. This appears to be reckless endangerment and must cease and desist immediately.

































August 2012 I gave a formal presentation to the COGCC entitled “The Failures of the State of Colorado to Prevent or Mitigate Adverse Impacts to its Citizens and the Environment.”  LINK

The grand loophole of all exists in the COGCC Rules and Regulations. The entirety of the COGCC’s regulations are nothing more than worthless words due to a ‘Waiver Loophole’ that allows any operator to not abide by any rule or regulation regarding oil and gas development and operations that causes them ‘undue financial burden.’

With a single sentence from the oil and gas industry that states “abiding by this rule will cause XYZ Operator and its operations undue financial burden” the industry then does not have to abide by the rule or pay its expense to do so, and is then waived by a simple signature of COGCC  Director Matt Lepore.  This is the 'Comprehensive Waiver Loophole.'  

I lived in Firestone. It was not only a horrific inspiration to launch a full state-wide resistance against the unregulated fracking industry and the State agencies that gave them right of way over public health safety and environment, but it forced me to move to a place that did not have any real immediate danger. I could not protect myself from the inherent dangers of the fracking industry.

FIRESTONE, CO - each red dot = +|- 52 active wells































Our civil rights to safety have been stripped from us by federal exemptions and enforced by state supremacy that is arbitrary and capricious, which appears to recklessly endanger public health safety and environment.

As I've said for years now, this is not an anti-fracking issue, it's a civil rights issue and every single human has the constitutional right to live without obstruction to safety. Facts don’t lie, the oil and gas industry and the COGCC do. I believe Firestone could have been prevented, and I tried like hell to prevent it.

I don’t want to ever come back here and tell you what needs to be done as far as moral and ethical obligations to the people and environment of Boulder County.  You know what to do to protect the people and we are all counting on you to be as courageous as us. Even if you battle the odds and lose, we will still support you for your courage. The best option is to never allow fossil fuel extraction into Boulder County and we are counting on you to protect us.

We are smarter than a fossil fuel and ‘We Are the Energy of Change.’


Shane Davis
May 1, 2017
Boulder County 



Feel free to email the Boulder County Commissioners your thoughts or simply cut and paste the above information.



ADDITIONALLY:  In this anti-fracking/civil-right movement, or any other movement, I do not condone acts of violence, rhetoric or any action that is not peaceful and safe. Any person who speaks of acts of violence or conducts such acts, are not an associate of mine and should be held accountable for their actions under the system of fair and just law.




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Friday, April 28, 2017

FIREstone Colorado - A Visual Tour of the Fracking Invasion in Your Backyard: WARNING

The short piece below was filmed in 2014 but is more relevant now than any other time. It was filmed in Firestone, Colorado where I lived for two years and eventually got out! 

My deep condolences to the Martinez and Irwin families for their tragic loss and continued suffering. There is nothing that can replace your loss.

I have no doubt whatsoever, this tragedy could have been prevented if we had a state governing agency that was balanced and put public health, safety and welfare first. Oil and gas operations should never be in neighborhoods and houses should never be built around fracking well-pads. 

It appears the State of Colorado and bloated greedy fracking industry have questions to answer. And the victims families and public have many questions.

I have been warning every city council member, county commissioner, mayor, senator, governor and everyone at hundreds of public presentations across Colorado for seven years, that a catastrophe would happen because of the shocking failure rates of the state and oil and gas industry.

In 2012, on record, I gave a formal fracking industry presentation to the COGCC on the dangers of oil and gas operations in and around neighborhoods LINK to Matt Lepore Director, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).

I explained that the proposed 500' setback was not adequate enough to protect human life. I further explained  that oil and gas should never be in or near neighborhoods and the risk of a catastrophe was imminent.

Mr. Lepore did not care at all what I had to say. In fact, he and his oil and gas cronies had likely already decided fracking industry operations would happen no matter what and nothing I had to say would make a difference.

I also explained that home explosions from migrating gas is not a possibility, but a probability and that the State Oil and Gas Commission has already documented cases where homes have exploded and in many cases, explosive levels of methane seeped into dozens of homes that had to be evacuated before an explosion occured. 





This is not an anti-fracking movement, but rather a civil rights movement.Our civil rights to safety have been stripped from us. We, the people, can no longer protect ourselves from the state or fracking industry. The COGCC, Governor Hickenlooper and the oil and gas industry chose oil and gas over community health, safety and environment. Shame on them.

We must stand up against a rogue industry, and fight for our lives and the lives that were tragically lost.  The State of Colorado, Governor Hickenlooper and the COGCC appear to have have failed to protect us and it appears they had reckless disregard for our safety. 

Always remember: "The only promise the oil and gas industry and an oily politician will give you is a lie." 


Please donate to the Martinez and Irwin family: GOFUNDME


Sincerely,

Shane Davis
Fractivist



MORE TO COME!


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Monday, April 17, 2017

SUBJECT: BOULDER’S ENERGY FUTURE WRT; XCEL ENERGY’S SETTLEMENT PROPOSALS

CITY COUNCIL, CITY OF BOULDER, COLORADO
4/17/2017
council@bouldercolorado.gov
1101 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80302



SUBJECT: BOULDER’S ENERGY FUTURE WRT; XCEL ENERGY’S SETTLEMENT PROPOSALS

Dear City Council, City of Boulder, Colorado:

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) (Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies), has a duty under the Colorado Constitution to find a practical, doable path to municipalization. Because that is what the citizens of Boulder County and of Colorado are seeking, and we have a Constitutional right to municipalize.

Municipalization: is the transfer of corporations or other assets to municipal ownership. The transfer may be from private ownership (usually by purchase) or from other levels of government. It is the opposite of privatization and is different from nationalization.

Xcel Energy is a private entity and does not have any duty of any kind to encourage or assist a city, county, state to become a municipal utility. This being said, the City of Boulder must block Xcel Energy’s privatization of its utility. Xcel Energy has opposed and withheld, and willfully failed to cooperate.

The reason it has taken six years to get to this trial that is about to start is exclusively what appears to be, Xcel Energy’s deliberate obstructionism. Thus, the very reason it is essential that the City and County of Boulder move forward with this scheduled trial, because whatever obstacles the PUC  may try to put into our path, they are subject to scrutiny both by the legislature and the courts.

Shane Davis









"Perfection is Energy Democracy, and We are the Energy of Change that Can Make it Happen."

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How one private landowner's decision to sellout to the fracking industry legally violated the safety civil rights of over 150 homeowners

This is a civil rights problem. When a mineral and surface landowner leases their minerals to the fracking industry their decision may place the surrounding public at great danger from a myriad of health and safety risks created by the fracking industry's operations. 

One landowner's decision can place hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent people at risk from the dangers of the fracking industry's toxic air, groundwater contamination, fugitive emissions, failed equipment, human error, and even a blowout which is the most dangerous to communities that are close by.  

A blowout is an accumulation of extreme gaseous and liquid pressure down in the ground that exceeds the prevention capacity at the top of the well-bore. Meaning: a pressurized explosion that can potentially travel miles upwards and outwards spewing toxic fracking chemicals and hydrocarbon based fluids for across the tops of homes and public areas.  If the blowout fluids ignite, that's a different story where mass devastation may occur. Remember Deep Water Horizon? You get the picture now.

So how does one man's decision to lease his minerals to the fracking industry legally violate homeowner's and public safety? 

Simple. The federal exemptions the fracking industry lavish in, and statewide preemptions, (which are mostly arbitrary and capricious) allow the frackers carte blanche to develop and operate heavy industry operations that release harmful byproducts a mere 350' (sometimes closer) from homes in Colorado while not obligated to abide by key federal mandates that every other business must adhere to, or face getting fined.   

It's a rogue industry that can legally poison people for profit.

The fracking industry had to find as many legal ways of getting rid of their harmful operational byproducts to increase their profitability and in doing so, they stripped the American public of their civil rights to safety.

 The fracking industry kills dead, billions of gallons of potable water annually with their 'proprietary' fracking chemicals. When the industry is done fracking they must dispose of their millions of gallons of toxic, carcinogenic, endocrine disruption chemical waste. Evaporation pits ring a bell? 

Fracking Industry Evaporation Pit - Near Rifle Colorado 2017

How easy is it for the industry to create a massive pond 1,000' long and three feet deep full of chemical laced fracking industry liquid waste to evaporate from their backyard air into your backyard airspace? Simple. It's the least expensive method to get rid of their nasty chemicals, and it's legal. The sun does all of the work for them.

Dilution is the solution to pollution. And it keeps their financial bottom line looking great. Your lungs become the filter for their poisons. And don't even think about proving it - you can't. It's all by design.

In 2011 after sifting through a few hundred thousand oil and gas documents, I realized that the fracking industry had known for at least a decade that it was going to return to the oilfields they had worked in the 1980's and 90's. 

I also realized that the industry had so many exemptions and state waivers that placed citizens in a very dangerous position. They could no longer protect their health, safety and welfare. It hit me - This is no longer an anti-fracking movement, it's a civil rights movement. The oil and gas industry had effectively stripped our rights to safety.



This time they were drilling deeper and telling people they will be using a new technology 'fracking' that will allow them to retrieve natural gas from the shale. The fracking industry even created false marketing by telling the American public that using and supporting this 'new fracking technology' we would ensure National Security and  that we'd have natural gas for one hundred years. What a load of shit that was. But people bought into it.

The industry knew they had numerous harmful byproduct chemicals from the drilling, fracking and extraction processes and had to find all the ways to get rid of them without having to pay a fee to do so.  It's all about making money. Who cares about human and environmental safety.

The late Dr. Colborn from The Endocrine Disruption Exchange www.TEDX.org discovered numerous harmful chemicals that are used in the drilling, fracking and re-completion stages of oil and gas extraction and studied them carefully to determine how they affected the human body, more specifically, the endocrine system. 

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Endocrine Systems - wikipedia

The vast majority of the chemicals are endocrine disrupting chemicals. Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) interfere with hormone signaling in a variety of ways depending on the chemical and the hormone system. 

According to TEDX: "The endocrine system is involved in every stage of life, including conception, development in the womb and from birth throughout early life, puberty, adulthood and senescence. It does this through control of the other vital systems that orchestrate metabolism, immune function, reproduction, intelligence and behavior, etc."  

How to humans ingest EDCs?  We can inhale these chemicals from a source nearby that release EDCs.  Possibly like a fracking well-pad.These types of chemicals are bio-accumulative and can build up in the body even at minute amounts over time and eventually mutate human DNA.

Are the fracking industry's exemption from the Clean Air Act which states a monster fracking pad, (like the one shown below) is exempt from being legally considered a 'major point source of pollution' and  therefore it is exempt from EPA rules and regulations?  Other oil and gas industry operational exemptions include: Resource Conservation Recovery Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act, Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, National Environmental Policy Act. 

Is toxic air trespass for the oil and gas industry to vent, flare, or release harmful chemicals near communities and our airspace legal? Yes, in most cases especially due to federal exemptions and state waivers which allow the industry to basically operate without interference. The federal and state exemptions are assuredly a civil rights violation on a epic scale that has been legalized and nobody is talking about it. You can no longer protect your health, safety and welfare.

The fracking industry's operational exemption violate our civil rights to safety. We can no longer protect ourselves from the fracking empire. They can legally poison communities and there is nothing we can do under the law.

The act of one landowner to agree to lease mineral and surface rights also indemnifies the oil and gas operator.

It is this sole decision of greed to lease private  mineral rights to the oil and gas industry that place hundreds if not thousands of people in direct harm from the fracking industry's operations, toxic byproduct exemptions, and the industry's operations errors.  Lest we forget, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission's Director, Matt Lepore authorized your civil right violations as well. Doc Link

If you are a land/mineral owner, please do not subject the community to a rogue industry that can poison you for profit. It is unjust and uncivil.

We are smarter than a fossil fuel. We must ban toxic energy like fracking and create healthy energy that does not violate our civil rights to safety. Fracking is anti-progress towards healthy energy and democracy. 

Frederick/Firestone Colorado
Extraction Oil & Gas, LLC (Extraction) designed the Johnson Trust 13-I Production Facility to be a safe distance from neighboring houses and buildings, clear of the 100 year flood plain and located efficiently for regular maintenance and access. Extraction agreed upon an oil and gas operations area per the landowner/ operator Surface Use Agreement pertaining to these horizontal wells. 

Where possible, consolidation of existing facilities has been attempted to keep the disturbed area to a minimum. Extraction has reviewed the surrounding areas to identify any technical and economical options outside of buffer zones. 

As a result of Operator's review of potential locations outside Buffer Zone, the operator has determined that this is the best possible location for the facilities given the surface owner's preference, property boundaries, utility easements and current COGCC setbacks

 http://cogcc.state.co.us/weblink/DownloadDocument1.aspx?DocumentId=3704541

Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) footage of chemicals being released from well-pad equipment. FLIR makes the invisible, visible and can detect hydrocarbon gases where you can't normally see them with the naked eye.  If you can smell it, it must exist right? Link --Doc# 443649
Illustrates the close proximity of occupied housing to the fracking well-pad and operations.  Conducting noise level - decibel testing due to numerous public complaints.



Glare on houses to the North at nighttime from operation lights. Doc# 674103885  Remember, it is supposed to be night time.

Jonson Trust 13-I Pad Site Plan



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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The EPA Withdraws Claim that Fracking has no “Widespread Systemic Impacts” on Drinking Water

, RESEARCH DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND DEMOCRACY | DECEMBER 13, 2016, 2:10 PM EST
The EPA removed language claiming that hydraulic fracturing has no “widespread systemic impacts” on drinking water from its final report on the subject. The move follows criticism from its Science Advisory Board and revelations by Marketplace that the report’s executive summary and press release may have been edited by non-scientists.

“No widespread systemic impacts”

In May 2015, EPA released its draft report and there were inconsistencies. The report itself covered the risks of fracking accurately: It found specific instances where well integrity and wastewater management related to hydraulic fracturing activities impacted drinking water resources and it identified several pathways through which the risk of water contamination exists, including spills, improper well construction, and improper disposal of wastewater. None of this was surprising for someone who was following the issue.
What was surprising was the way that the agency communicated those findings in the executive summary and press release of the draft.  Inexplicably, these more public-facing report accompaniments downplayed the risks of fracking to drinking water, claiming “hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread systemic impacts to drinking water resources,” as if this was the fundamental question. But the EPA wasn’t charged with assessing whether impacts were “widespread and systemic,” it was charged with assessing the risks. This raised questions about who wrote the press release and executive summary and why such a discrepancy existed between these materials and the final report.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Federal Officials to Explore Different Route for Dakota Pipeline



Theresa Sandoval, of the Red Willow Tribe in northern New Mexico, bringing firewood back to her North Dakota camp early Sunday morning.CreditAlyssa Schukar for The New York Times
Federal officials announced on Sunday that they would not approve permits for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline beneath a dammed section of the Missouri River that tribes say sits near sacred burial sites.
The decision is a victory for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of protesters camped near the construction site who have opposed the project because they said would it threaten a water source and cultural sites. Federal officials had given the protesters until tomorrow to leave a campsite near the construction site.
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