Windsor Community Rights Network

Local Governance for Healthy Community

January 30th, 2017

Closing our website

we will be closing our website. We are now the Northern Colorado Community Rights Network. You can find us at NOCOCRN.weebly.com   and then click on blog for postings.

Thank you

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January 16th, 2017

Ahead of Lafayette’s climate bill vote, backers affirm resistance to fracking

An anti-fracking ordinance aimed at hobbling oil and gas development within Lafayette through sanctioning acts of civil disobedience and non-violent protest will go in front of city leaders Tuesday.

The vote comes just two years after a Boulder District Court judge tossed out the town’s voter-approved fracking ban and marks a return to form for the truculent community.

At the center of the measure is Cliff Willmeng, the organizer of East Boulder County United, the anti-fracking group that drafted the “Climate Bill of Rights and Protections” ordinance and who heralded Lafayette’s fracking ban initiative on the 2013 ballot.

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January 16th, 2017

WEEK OF OIL AND GAS ISSUES

Northern Colorado
Spill report for Jan. 16
http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/local/spill-report-for-jan-16/
Oil tanker truck fire prompts closure of Weld County Road 126
http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/local/oil-tanker-truck-fire-prompts-closure-of-weld-county/
 
Denver Metro
Merrily Mazza: Why we need a Lafayette Climate Bill of Rights
http://www.dailycamera.com/guest-opinions/ci_30725306/merrily-mazza-why-we-need-lafayette-climate-bill
Lafayette to vote on anti-fracking ordinance that would legalize non-violent protests
Broomfield Backpedals on Fracking Moratorium, Postpones Vote
http://www.westword.com/news/broomfield-backpedals-on-fracking-moratorium-postpones-vote-8685052
Colorado’s City and County of Broomfield Seeks Frac Moratorium–Again: Council Puts off Decision
http://www.oilandgas360.com/colorados-city-county-broomfield-seeks-frac-moratorium-council-puts-off-decision/
 
Western Colorado
Leaseholder likes flexible oil shale rules
http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/leaseholder-likes-flexible-oil-shale-rules
Carbondale Corner: A lesson in economics
http://www.postindependent.com/opinion/columns/carbondale-corner-a-lesson-in-economics/
 
Four Corners
Oil and gas lease sale near Chaco Canyon scheduled
https://durangoherald.com/articles/128097-oil-and-gas-lease-sale-near-chaco-canyon-scheduled
Sauls Creek spill shows need for change
https://durangoherald.com/articles/127685-sauls-creek-spill-shows-need-for-change
 
Statewide
Colorado is doing energy right, governor said
Hickenlooper praises Colorado clean energy production in State of the State address
http://bakken.com/news/id/257260/hickenlooper-praises-colorado-clean-energy-production-in-state-of-the-state-address/
Under the Dome column: 2017 begins with uncertainty and opportunity
Early Colorado bills range from tax breaks to protections for oil/gas companies
Radio show focuses on future of energy industry in Colorado
Gov. Hickenlooper won’t issue clean-air executive order in Colorado
Federal
Guest opinion: Trump’s EPA pick a danger to Colorado’s climate
http://www.postindependent.com/opinion/columns/guest-opinion-trumps-epa-pick-a-danger-to-colorados-climate/
 
Oil & Gas News
Anadarko Announces Sale Of Eagleford Shale Assets
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/anadarko-announces-sale-of-eagleford-shale-assets-300390646.html
BRIEF-Extraction Oil & Gas files for resale of up to 25.04 mln shares of co’s common stock by selling stockholders
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSFWN1EZ0EQ
 
Super PAC rules would keep Pruitt’s corporate cash flowing
http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060047955

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January 15th, 2017

Merrily Mazza: Why we need a Lafayette Climate Bill of Rights

Merrily Mazza of Lafayette voices her opposition to fracking at a meeting of Boulder County commissioners in 2014. (MARK LEFFINGWELL / Daily Camera)

Merrily Mazza of Lafayette voices her opposition to fracking at a meeting of Boulder County commissioners in 2014. (MARK LEFFINGWELL / Daily Camera)

On Jan. 3, I and another Lafayette councilor, Gustavo Reyna, introduced a proposed ordinance, the Lafayette Climate Bill of Rights and Protections. The “right to climate” is not a new right but an ancient one. It’s the right to have conditions conducive to life, and the right to self-determination and survival. A federal judge recently recognized that such a right is central to bedrock guarantees of life and liberty (Juliana et al., v. United States of America, United States District Court for the District of Oregon).

Lafayette’s Climate Bill of Rights empowers community members to directly protect the environment through civil disobedience assuming the council and state do not recognize a right to a healthy climate. Lafayette would be the third community to enact such a measure nationally.

Why have we taken this step?

Colorado people and communities have been fighting corporate environmental harms for more than 35 years. All our democratic efforts have been overturned by the courts — courts that have been protecting corporations from people for more than 100 years.

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