Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New York State to Prohibit Fracking - Quotes from fracking impacted citizens in NY and around the country.

Earthworks et. al.
December 17, 2014

After health review, NY Department of Health commissioner declares he wouldn’t want his children to live near fracking; DEC Commissioner says risks outweigh any benefit

Today New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joseph Martens, and Department of Health Commissioner (DOH) Howard Zucker announced that the state of New York would prohibit high-volume horizontal fracturing of shale after announcing the results of a state-commissioned scientific review of the health impacts of oil and gas development.
“Would I let my child play in a school field near [fracking]?,” asked Health Commissioner Zucker. He continued, “The answer is no.”
In response, Governor Cuomo said, “If you wouldn’t want your children to live near fracking, no one’s children should have to.”
The DEC will include those findings in its own long-awaited impacts document, which will be released in early 2015 with a clear recommendation to prohibit fracking in the state.

Reactions from fracking-impacted communities around the country:

New York statement
"New Yorkers are so fortunate to have decision makers who have listened to the public and the emerging science, and are not willing to sacrifice communities, public health, and local and sustainable economies," says Jill Wiener of Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy and Advisory Council Member for Stop the Frack Attack. "This courageous decision in the face of industry pressure strengthens our resolve to help all our neighbors nationwide who are living with the nightmare of drilling--and who equally deserve protection of their air, water, and health."

California statements
'Congratulations to all of the hardworking communities and activists that worked to protect New York from the many negative impacts of fracking. Let's hope that California's Governor Brown sees the sanity in Governor Cuomo's decision to ban fracking in New York.' -- Paul Ferrazzi, executive director from Citizens Coalition for Safe Community, and Advisory Council Member for Stop the Frack Attack.

“We are thrilled and excited for the win in New York. This is a bold action on fracking, a practice we know well in here California, particularly in the Central Valley. It is damaging and putting residents at risk here. We look to Governor Brown to protect our schools, farms, families, and communities the same way the New York Governor Cuomo has protected the people of NY. Its important to know that 354,000 CA public school students are exposed to the impacts of fracking everyday and this is something NY students will never have to know.” -- Madeline Stano, staff attorney for Center on Race Poverty and the Environment
Colorado statement
'The only path forward regarding fracking industry operations should be to exercise the precautionary principle. It is very clear the fracking industry and the oil and gas regulatory state preemption framework does not conduct itself in a manner consistent with public health safety and welfare.' -- Shane Davis, Executive Director, and Advisory Council Member for Stop the Frack Attack

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Incredibly Poignant Comment from Audience Member Regarding Fracking Presentation

I gave my 'Inconvenient Proof - a state of failures'  presentation in Timnath, Colorado just two days ago with attorney, Dan Leftwich from  The room was packed, a standing room only, with concerned citizens from the local area and a myriad of fracking industry workers.

I am always looking for the 'opposition' to heckle our meetings as they tend to do so with delight. I personally believe it's amateur at best, that the fracking industry attends our meetings to hand out their public relations garbage with a smile.  A lie with a smile is just a bigger lie. To our delight, there were no handouts of paperwork telling us that fracking fluids are 'found in our birthday cake', 'under our sinks', 'in our ice cream' and of course the morally reckless demonstration from Governor Hickenlooper drinking a citrus based fracking fluid sans the radioactive and carcinogenic chemicals.

After our Timnath presentations were completed I was approached by an audience member who told me that just prior to coming to our meeting he/she had a fracking industry at their doorstep telling them 'If you're going to see the anti-fracking presentation tonight,  it's all lies and you should know we have our own information and our side of the story that you must see too.'

First of all, it's clear the permitting frackers in Timnath are very nervous about us speaking the truth. The frackers send people knocking door-to-door in a feeble attempt to gain community support for their side of the story.  I guess if they are trying to sell the fracking snake oil myth, they gotta do what they gotta do right?

After Mr. Leftwich and I finished our presentations we felt that many people that were 'on the fracking fence' fell to one side. The side of truth and civil rights.  Here is a comment that one particular audience member left for us.  It's as precise as it gets, and a must read.


'First, let me remind everyone that I am not the spokesperson for the "Protecting Timnath" group, or last evenings' speakers. I'm happy to join them, I applaud their efforts, but am not trying to represent them, or take credit for their work. I hope this will be a respectful discussion, but I make no effort to be politically correct. I am a concerned citizen of this community.

I must say again, do your own research. I know this all sounds too impossible to be true, but unfortunately, it is all true. No one thought tobacco was harmful, or believed Erin Brockovich about the pollution by CG&E at first, either. Making snide remarks and insulting the messenger does not alter the facts. 

We were shown maps, pictures, and satellite images of pollution trails, page after page taken from the COGCC's own website of violations, complaints, rulings, letters and emails. This is all public information. It is not the wild ravings of some radical, tree hugging, extremist group, as some would have you believe. Colorado does not have the strongest regulations in the country. This is just the excuse the oil companies use to try to say fracking will be safe. 

Thanks to Dick Cheney, fracking is exempt from all clean air and water regulations. Does this sound safe to you? The very agency mandated with assuring that our health and safety are protected, COGCC, is acting as if it is an arm of the Colorado Gas and Oil Assoc., even allowing COGA to pursue overturning local fracking bans on behalf of the state. Seems unbelievable, right? Look it up. 

Ask local university scientists, biologists and geologists if this process could possibly be done safely. Read the COGCC rulings for yourself, research the communities where fracking has already taken place. Find out how many billions of gallons of water has already been used, which can never be cleaned or re-enter the cycle of use, evaporation, rain, use, etc. 

Learn about the cancer rate spikes in fracking areas. Drive though Weld County and observe storage tanks of toxic waste near playgrounds and in backyards. Read the scientific analysis of what that waste actually contains. If you want to know the position of the industry, simply turn on your TV. 

We are being bombarded with ads claiming how safe fracking is. No one disputes that jobs are created, and energy produced. The problem is the cost to our health, safety, and the environment. You have to ask yourself, do you want your family to be the canary in the coal mine? How many will have to be poisoned before it's finally considered unsafe?

I did a little research and went to this meeting thinking I probably didn't want fracking under our neighborhood elementary school and I certainly didn't want to deal with the noise and lights. I came home believing that fracking will be responsible for a public health and environmental disaster far beyond our current understanding.'

- Pat Watkins

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Host of Colorado Fracking Industry Failures - As Reported via my Twitter Account @fractivist

If you follow me on Twitter, you'll get to see near real-time fracking industry violation spills, violations, mishaps, fires, official documents exposed and much more.  Please follow on Twitter: @fractivist for more.

Here are a few examples of fracking industry failures that I have posted on Twitter.

Thanks for having a look!


1.)  @NobleColorado can you answer 'why' you have 'no' officially documented spill reports for these #fracking wellpad spills? If these are not spills then what are they, and are the accounted for?

My thoughts:  Noble Energy operates these specific wellpads and may have had fluid spills on the surface (as depicted in the satellite image). It's so much cheaper for the fracking industry to not report spills of high volumes as these appear to be. The reclamation costs would be astronomical if benzene levels were in exceedance of COGCC limits. What fracking industry operator wants to fill out a spill report and file it with the state anyway? The person that may have been liable for the spills (foreman, etc...) would undoubtedly lose his/her job, so it 'unethically makes sense' to never report spills.  

Tip: You cannot hide from a satellite, nor me, as I have all of your documents regarding these specific fracking industry facilities and there are zero reports of your alleged misdeeds.

2.) TODAY:11/24/2014 #Foundation #Energy #wellhead breaks, forcing flowline to break - releasing ~126 gal #fracking flowback fluids on Federal land. Any guess on what the fine will be? I'll give you a hint (it starts with zero and ends with zero).

Horizontal #fracking Permits Annually by Percentage in #Colorado 

2009 = 2.8%
2010 = 5.6%
2011 = 19.3%
2012 = 31.9%
2013 = 56.1%
2014 = 58.4%


FRAC FACT: #Colorado currently has 76 #oil and #gas drilling rigs punching holes into the #earth every day. 


FRAC FACT: Only 3,451 of the ~52,000 #fracking wells are horizontal. Over 90% of all wells are #fracking for #oil not #gas 

3.) How many #fracking industry chemicals can you count? 

Check the full 4 page list link below. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Who Killed the Vote on Fracking?

Why Colorado’s anti-fracking measures were not supported by Democrats and environmental groups

By Joel Dyer, Matt Cortina & Elizabeth Miller
At first glance, determining who to blame for the fact that Colorado voters will not get their chance to decide for themselves who controls oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in their neighborhoods seems simple enough. On Monday, Aug. 4, as the result of a political compromise with Colorado’s Democratic Governor, John Hickenlooper, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Boulder) agreed to withdraw his support for the citizen initiative process that could have placed two anti-drilling/fracking initiatives (Amendments 88 and 89) on the November ballot. The initiatives, which had each garnered well in excess of the 86,105 signatures needed to be placed on the ballot (provided the signatures held up), would have amended the state constitution to give more control over drilling and fracking to local communities and/or establish a 2,000-foot setback from occupied structures for oil and gas drilling operations.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


I am currently on a two hundred mile horse-ride with Winona LaDuke in response to the Enbridge fracked oil pipeline proposal through her sacred native lands. Please visit her website to get more details.
I'll have sparse reception, or none at all for lengths of time, but if you leave me a message I'll respond just as soon as I can.



3:00 PM Press Conference Thursday, August 28th
@ Enbridge Energy Bemidji Area Office
1129 Industrial Park Dr SE, Bemidji, MN

BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA – Wednesday, August 27th, Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth, successfully completes 200 mile horse ride against the proposed Enbridge Sandpiper fracking oil pipeline. Partnering with the leadership for the campaign is Shane Davis, Executive Director, an oil and gas analyst from Colorado.

LaDuke and her team will be holding a press conference this Thursday, August 28th, at 3PM CST at the Enbridge headquarters, 1129 Industrial Park Drive SE, Bemidji, MN 56601.

The epic horseback journey traversed Sandy Lake and Rice Lake watersheds, the mother lode for wild rice in Minnesota. The proposed pipeline would divide the traditional wild rice beds from East to West.

Michael Dahl, Anishinaabe spiritual leader and rider explained, “This is the same path our ancestors walked. Now we are riding in those same footsteps. We are here to protect this land for future generations.”

LaDuke says “Enbridge chose a bad path. The people of Minnesota love their water more than oil and they are standing up against the pipeline. A single leak in the pipeline could discharge 20,000 gallons of fracking oil per minute. This could lead to an environmental catastrophe.”

Honor the Earth is gathering at the Bemidji headquarters of Enbridge to say no to any pipelines going through their lands. LaDuke will be onsite for questions and answers and invites all landowners that would be affected by the fracking oil pipeline, grassroots organizations, general public and all media outlets to attend.

This event is to inform the communities, and affected landowners, about the organization’s recent and upcoming activity for the STOP the Sandpiper campaign. All communities, grassroots organizations, affected landowners, and Enbridge are invited to attend.

Alyssa Hoppe
(612) 385 - 1557

Miigwech (thank you)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Tell Congressman Jared Polis that he Cannot Betray 300,000 Signatures Supporting Clean Air and Pure Water in Colorado

Dear Representative Polis:

We watched in horror as you blatantly hijacked Colorado’s democratic process, by throwing out nearly 300,000 signatures for statewide initiatives 88 and 89 that you yourself said were “sensible regulations on fracking.” You represent a district where five communities passed local initiatives that voted “yes” to moratoria and bans on fracking, yet you failed to represent those constituents, your constituents.

In the Colorado constitution, it states that all political power is vested in the people. Though our political process has largely been usurped by money and party rule, you the politicians forget that “We the people” are the party. You work for us and we have spoken. What you and the Democratic Party have done in this state is hijack our democratic process.

In less than six week’s time, we made it clear that we expect our right to “clean air, pure water and natural and scenic values” to be represented in the Colorado Constitution. And we expect that our local governments are there to protect us. By withdrawing these initiatives, you also withdrew the voice of Coloradans. 

You have said, in essence, that 'we the people' should not have the right to protect our communities from fracking. You, left us naked and unarmed to protect ourselves from what, by default, are non-sensible regulations which violate rights to safety. In Colorado we have 52,000 active oil and gas wells, 74,000 abandoned wells, 13 inspectors, 500 spills a year. That’s two a day now, Jared.

Your actions prove that we not only have an environmental crisis, but also a democracy crisis. We are not bargaining chips in some sort of game of Chicken with the Democratic Party and Governor Hickenlooper. We demand that you carry out the intent of the people who signed these initiatives in good faith. We demand you allow us to submit them if you will not. The democratic process is not yours to steal. It, like Colorado’s environment, is the common property of all Coloradans.
Protecting the health and welfare of Coloradans from the harms of the fracking industry should never be a poker game. These are real people’s lives at stake.



Tuesday, August 5th
4800 Baseline Road (Meadows on the Parkway Shopping Center)
Boulder, CO 80303


  • "This deal does nothing for the Broomfield residents who voted last November to get more information on the health and property impacts of fracking.  It will not protect us.  We are severely disappointed that politics are being played with families and our lives,” said Laura Fronckiewicz with Our Broomfield. 

  • “This ‘compromise’ will do nothing to address the fact that the oil and gas industry, in league with Governor Hickenlooper and the State of Colorado, continues to sue communities for voting to protect themselves from fracking. Local communities should not be pre-empted when it comes to protecting our health, safety and property from the dangers that flow from fracking, an extreme industrial activity,” said Kaye Fissinger, President of Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont.  "The people of Longmont and all Coloradans have constitutional rights that protect their health and welfare.  It is past time when all branches of government need to honor those rights."

  • "We are outraged to see politicians once again prioritizing political expediency over the health and well being of Coloradans. The proposed compromise represents a failure on the part of both Polis and Hickenlooper to protect Coloradans from the dangers of fracking,” said Russell Mendell of Frack Free Colorado. “This is further evidence that real progress cannot come from the top down, and true change will continue to come from citizen, grassroots organizing.  There are hundreds of thousands of Coloradans who have been involved with local community efforts to protect their communities from fracking, who feel betrayed by this back room deal making. This deal only strengthens our resolve to work in our communities for real citizen initiatives that will ensure a safe and healthy future for all Coloradans.  It’s time for Coloradans to stand up take back our democratic rights.”

  • "The Mother's Project wholeheartedly opposes Rep Jared Polis' decision to withdraw the voices of Colorado communities. Polis' actions are the cancer of our failed Democratic system and it must be stopped immediately." Jodee Brekke


  • "You need a civics lesson Jared. It appears that your power, position and profits have given you the illusion that you are separate and apart from the rest of us. So let us be the ones to educate you on the rights of the people that the Colorado State Constitution guarantees will be upheld and defended by our government. " Mary Smith

Article II, the Bill of Rights, begins, "In order to assert our rights, acknowledge our duties, and proclaim the principles upon which our government is founded, we declare:
Section 1. Vestment of political power. All political power is vested in and derived from the people; all government, of right, originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.
Section 2. People may alter or abolish form of government � proviso. The people of this state have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves, as a free, sovereign and independent state; and to alter and abolish their constitution and form of government whenever they may deem it necessary to their safety and happiness, provided, such change be not repugnant to the constitution of the United States.
Section 3. Inalienable rights. All persons have certain natural, essential and inalienable rights, among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; of acquiring, possessing and protecting property; and of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness.

We intend to codify these rights, once again, in our Boulder County Home Rule Charter and continually assert them to insure that you and yours understand that "we the people" are the authority, that government is an extension of our will and exists for the good of the whole, and that, as our elected representative, you work for us." 

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.

click images to enlarge

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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Thank you

Shane Davis
Chelsea Richer 
Lee Buchsbaum


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


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!


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

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