Empower and replenish yourself at these information outposts...
It's a hell of a long hard fight - but you do not stand alone.

 

 

 

"Kahoniism over Cronyism!"

 

 

 

E-mail 'Project Forsaken': projectforsaken@earthlink.net

 

 

         
         
    Recommended Reading! "Citizen's Resource Guide to Oil and Gas Development in Western Colorado and the Greater Rocky Mountain Region"

I wrote this free guide back in February 2003 when there was nothing of its kind available. Some things have changed since that time - including regulations, best practices and the make-up of our state government (and EnCana). I will be revising this report soon with updated information, but it is still a good (and historical) overview, especially for the much maligned and misunderstood "federal unit".

I very highly recommended OGAP's 2004 publication (noted below) for a primer on gas development and private land issues (and another on drilling on public lands). They updated their guide in 2005, so don't forget to order or download the update if you order the guide.

Western Colorado Congress has also produced a useful guide on private land and drilling (I couldn't find it referenced on their site, but it's a quick read, well written and worth asking about) noted in Non-Profit segment below.


Primer on Hydraulic Fracturing, Geology and Drilling and the relationship between all three.
If you want to know what all the fuss is over hydraulic fracturing, look here. But don't expect to see a regulatory agency "version", or something generated by an environmental non-profit group looking to pay salaries from a natural gas association willing to give them a buck down the road or further some other campaign objective. This is a tell-it-like-I-see-it run down of what's really behind the approach along with a few scientific papers which support my perspective. My agenda: truth. Period.
 


Consortium of the Frac'd - Communities impacted by natural gas development - water in the line of fire.
 


Dr. Geoffrey Thyne's (of Science Based Solutions) presentation to Garfield County Re: "Sumary of PI and PII Hydrogeologic Characterization Studies - Mamm Creek Area, Garfield County, CO"  This key PowerPoint presentation and its companion conclusive report provide an outstanding perspective of the dynamics at play between the hydrology and the geology of this area in particular as it specifically relates to drilling operations and risks to water supplies. Please look for these links at the following addresses:

Presentation - http://garfield-county.com/Index.aspx?page=1150

Conclusions - http://garfield-county.com/Index.aspx?page=1149


"Northwest Colorado Socioeconomic Analysis and Forecasts"
Commissioned by the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado
Prepared by BBC Research / Published 04-11-08
http://www.agnc.org/reports.html

 


LETTERS TO OFFICIALS / EDITORS

Letters to Officials: During the course of this kind of struggle, it is important to state your position clearly to those in a position to help alter the course of any potential outcome. Occasionally, as a new situation merits, I will write a letter such as this. The following are those which I've written with regard to this issue.

09-08-07 Letter Asking for Intervening Aid on Behalf of Migrating Elk Herd
to: DNR / COGCC / DOW / Encana

Colorado's Governor won a rare opportunity to review and comment on the BLM's Roan Plateau drilling plan. I sent a letter to Gov. Ritter, asking that he support best practices and the preservation of this unique habitat.
12-08-07 Letter sent to Governor Bill Ritter regarding drilling on the Roan Plateau

through the summer of 2008, citizens and other stakeholders have an opportunity to comment on proposed rule changes in accordance with House Bill 1298 and House Bill 1341. We submitted  comments outlining many of our primary concerns.
12-18-07 Comments sent to Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Regarding Rule-Making Proposal

Letter to Editor re: Garfield County Commissioners regarding proposed man-camp regulations.

E-mail to Garfield County Commissioner regarding additional commentary on proposed man-camp regulations

Letter to Editor re: Commissioner's Martin and McCown's opposition to proposed COGCC rules.

Letter to Editor re: Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis' view that gas pads benefit wildlife

Letter to Editor re: Commissioner Martin's apparent efforts to silence Commissioner Houpt (in the news)

Letter to the Editor re: Industry Vs. Everyone Else

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VIDEO RESOURCES

GASLAND
(HBO premiere on June 21st, 2010)
www.gaslandthemovie.com
Winner of the 2010 Special Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, in this film - and in his up-front gritty fashion - Josh Fox tours the West gathering landowner perspectives relative to the gas drilling boom sweeping the nation and increasingly encroaching on his home region of the Northeastern U.S. This explosive expose' reveals the horrific environmental and health impacts poorly reported but often associated with the astonishingly under-regulated natural gas industry. The PDF file "Affirming Gasland A de-debunking document in response to specious and misleading gas industry claims against the film" is Mr. Fox's response to industry's accusations about his film and film-making approach.


Split Estate
Produced by Red Rock Pictures
http://www.splitestate.com/
Premiered on Planet Green, a network of Discovery Communications. Winner of the Award for Best Activism Film 2010 at the Vail Film Festival and the Green Screen-Environmental Impact Award at the 540 Film Festival. "This compelling documentary shows the dirty side of natural gas, an energy source the industry touts as a clean alternative to fossil fuels. Zeroing in on Garfield County, Colorado, and the San Juan Basin, this clarion call for accountability examines the growing environmental and social costs to an area now referred to as a “National Sacrifice Zone."
 

All Fracked Up
from the cover: "A hard-hitting documentary. Ordinary People standing strong together against corporate deception and industrial pollution"
All Fracked Up II
From the cover: "Water is fundamental for life, health, and our economy. It is a prerequisite to the realization of all other human rights. Here, where we are surrounded by water, what would happen if water isn't water anymore?"
Produced by Jeff and Jodi Films
www.allfrackedup.com

In 2010, it was revealed that the Pennsylvania Department of Homeland Security had been assembling lists of people and collecting their personal data for distribution to natural gas drilling companies. What had these citizens been up to? They had been attending local town hall meetings in order to learn more about hydraulic fracturing and natural gas operations intended for their regions. The filmmakers of All Fracked Up (full-time farmers) had been made the subject of the same inquiry because of their efforts to educate citizens through the production of a documentary highlighting the risks of hydraulic fracturing. In 2011, I  interviewed Jeff Andrysick on implications of the 2011 U.S. defense bill provision which allows the US President to identify a US citizen as a terrorist and indefinitely intern them in military prisons without charge or access to an attorney... effectively depriving them of due process. Given the actions of the Department of Homeland Security and the lengths to which the natural gas industry will go to preserve its interests, I wondered just how at risk our Constitution and citizens are. You can listen to that interview here:

CLASSIFICATION TERRORIST: For the Sake of Convenient Tyranny Part I of II
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/indepthperception/2011/12/15/category-terrorist-for-the-sake-of-convenient-tyranny

CLASSIFICATION TERRORIST: For the Sake of Convenient Tyranny Part II of II
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/indepthperception/2011/12/16/classification-terrorist-part-two-of-two

In-Depth Perception - companion blog
http://indepthperception.wordpress.com/

 

Land Out of Time
Written by Laurel Garrett, this award-winning documentary talks about the impacts of drilling on the west under policies which have sold the people and the environment down the river. Tweeti Blancett (a former Bush supporter - kind of like me) talks about loosing her ranch, others talk about pollution - it's pretty hideous to watch, but a darn good film-making effort.


National Sacrifice Zone
Produced by Joe Brown and Peter Moore
www.nationalscrificezone.com

I've not yet reviewed this film


Rural Impacts!
(on You Tube in 6 parts)
by citizen group Crestone Media
This film speaks loudly an alarming truth.  It does an effective job in communicating the complexity, scope, intimacy, immediacy and intensity of this industry’s impact to everything from property values and personal lives, to public land usage, economies and precious resources of air, soils and water.


Between Midnight and the Rooster's Crow  (a film about EnCana in Ecuador)
directed by Nadja Drost

"Follow the story of big oil from the toxic rivers of the Amazon to company headquarters in Alberta.

Canadian oil giant EnCana is under fire for the construction of an oil pipeline that is generating controversy and conflict in the Amazon.

Faced with the contamination of their lands and coercion by military forces, Ecuadorian peasants tap into reserves of remarkable strength and courage as they resist. Between Midnight and the Rooster’s Crow explores the experiences of the people whose lives are being drastically altered by the race for black gold -- a race fuelled by oil companies, a government desperate for foreign investment, and a rapidly-globalizing world."

EnCana was the largest international stakeholder in this project, later selling its assets to China.

Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival



Amazon Oil Pipeline - Pollution, Corruption and Poverty
Produced by: Ecuadorian activist filmmaker Juan Pablo Barragan. A 35-minute film about the OCP (a controversial oil pipeline known as Oleoducto de Crudo Pesados) entitled Amazon Oil Pipeline - Pollution, Corruption and Poverty. Distributor: Rainforest Information Centre / PO Box 368, Lismore, NSW 2480, Australia

 

Fueling Fears : Fueling Fears, part one (from W-FIVE TV)  ( Another expose where EnCana treads)
Sour gas wells have been a fact of life in Alberta for decades, but there are new concerns about their impact on the health of residents

http://watch.ctv.ca/news/w-five/w-five-fueling-fears/#clip137197

Fueling Fears : Fueling Fears, part two (from W-FIVE TV)
Albertans dealing with the fallout of sour gas wells in their communities, are struggling to fight powerful oil companies

http://watch.ctv.ca/news/w-five/w-five-fueling-fears/#clip137202

This is one of the saddest commentaries on industrial development I've seen - part of it relative to EnCana from Rosebud, Alberta, a community profiled in Consortium of the Frac'd.

If you want to know what kind of abuse goes on behind the veil of presumed decency and feigned patriotism, you need to watch this two-part video from W-Five TV.

In it, you'll see people poisoned, intimidated, threatened, driven from their homes and truly forsaken in the name of "cheap", "clean" energy.

 

Gas Boom / BBC World News America (added April 30, 2008) http://youtube.com/watch?v=y5iSPFbj6Zc - this is an excellent albeit dire short report from the BBC, as the Last Minute String Band sings the EnCana Blues over the fate of Divide Creek.
 

 

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BOOKS

 

Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent by Andrew Nikiforuk
http://www.andrewnikiforuk.com/ (download an excerpt)
This book tells the harrowing truth behind the latest fossil fuel extraction method - one which EnCana and Conoco-Phillips have teamed up to exploit.
"Read this book, be entertained, be ashamed, and then do something to stop the insanity."  Thomas-Homer Dixon, author of The Upside of Down (review)
 

Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig's War Against Big Oil by Andrew Nikiforuk
This book chronicles one man's struggle to defend himself and his family against EnCana's aggressions.
"Saboteurs presents a catalogue of the effects of hydrogen sulphide and flaring. Nikiforuk privides an eloquent and persuasive voice for all downwinders" -- Globe and Mail (review)
 

Boomtown Blues by Andrew Gulliford - an excellent book by an academic scholar and one-time resident of Garfield County, Colorado. His book chronicles the woes of an energy boom-town, highlights some of the better pro-active policies which lessened the negative impacts and offers an outstanding reference section in the back. This book should be on the shelf of every policy-maker in the west.

 

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COMMUNITY

Common Dreams

http://commondreams.org/

Write your piece and submit it for consideration. Hear America's unbound voices here. Love this site. It is vital to our endangered democracy.
 

Squidoo Lens: Natural Gas Drilling in New York

http://www.squidoo.com/fracbusters#AddNewBlurb_10363375

Lots of "stuff" - good repository of concerned folk from all over....

 

 

BLOGS

I salute these brave folks for having the courage to share their drilling development experiences
 thereby strengthening us as a community of concerned and capable citizens... Thank you

If you have a blog to share relative to oil and gas accountability and responsible development, please share it. Note, this page is not as readily updated as the Consortium of the Frac'd, where you can find even more coalition efforts.

To your courage and common sense....
 

Colorado

www.dividecreek.com

Visit the banks of Divide Creek and hear the Good Old Gospel Guard sing the EnCana Blues (as featured on BBC - America)

 

New Mexico

http://drillingsantafe.blogspot.com
Be inspired by the fierce organization and determination of these New Mexico folks.
 


Pennsylvania

www.un-naturalgas.org
An excellent repository of ugly truths as they unfold in this unsuspecting region...
 

http://www.donnan.com/fracking-water.htm
From Bob...
"It wasn't until our Pittsburgh drinking water became putrid tasting in Fall 2008 that I took much interest in our local gas drilling boom. After doing a couple internet searches, I found a real gem of a website in Journey of the Forsaken. Here was in depth information on gas drilling, backed by years of personal experience. Further reading gave me the inspiration to write a one page blog, called Our Chunky Fracking Water. "Chunky" because that is the term our local water authority used to describe our drinking water from the Monongahela River that was high in TDS. "Fracking" became of the frac fluid being processed to varying degrees and then dumped back in the river. I plan to keep my original blog updated with news stories as they develop. Most of the news stories will be focused on the Marcellus Shale gas boom here in Pennsylvania.  Robert Donnan"
 

Splashdown
http://splashdownpa.blogspot.com/
 

Water Under Attack
www.waterunderattack.com
Site of the outstanding documentary film, GASLAND - view a 7-minute trailer here.

 

Texas

http://www.ranchosmalulos.com/ Video, blog and resources from Texas family coping with yet another Exxon Mobil disaster. Find a .pdf of drilling industry exemptions here and a .pdf link to filing a citizen suit.
http://rancholosmalulos.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/ep-haz-waste.pdf


Bluedaze: Drilling Reform for Texas
http://txsharon.blogspot.com/

This gal is a pit bull in her relentless pursuit of truth - Texas-style.
 


Upper Delaware Watershed

Chenango Delaware Otsego Gas Group
http://www.un-naturalgas.org/
This is a fantastic site full of video clips, photos, specific categorical info - all kinds of good stuff.

Damascus Citizens for Sustainability
www.damascuscitizens.org

"Working to protect our community and home - and the upper Delaware watershed"
Lots of good info on this site!

 

Wyoming

www.nodirtyenergy.org
Wyoming's tale of poisoned water and sour gas.


West Virginia

Sootypaws Journal
http://sootypaws.livejournal.com/1230.html
Sootypaws Website (view "The Gas Well" for gas development related info)
http://members.citynet.net/sootypaws/
This is one of my favorite links on George and Molly's website - seasons on the farm....
http://members.citynet.net/sootypaws/Grid/seasons/seasons.html

 

Australia - even our Aussie neighbors are under attack
http://tararuralgroup.com/
Straight forward, hard charging website dedicated to truth and citizen protections.


Other Blogs

courtesy of Sharon's Blog Roll (BlueDaze Drilling Reform http://txsharon.blogspot.com/).



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NEWS SOURCES



Learn how to Get Your News On!  Visit Week 72 and scroll down till you see the header....

 

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NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

 

OGAP - Oil and gas Accountability Project

www.earthworksaction.org

This site is one of my favorites. Here, you can find a smorgasbord of valuable info including backgrounders, data tables, fact sheets, case studies, etc. on the oil and gas industry.

Recommended Reading! "Oil and Gas at Your Door? A landowner's guide to oil and gas development.  This 200-page book has been written to help demystify oil and gas development, and educate landowners on their legal rights and the laws that pertain to oil and gas." 

From their site: "OGAP is the only organization in the United States with the sole mission of working with tribal, urban and rural communities to protect their homes and the environment from the devastating impacts of oil and gas development. In our five-year history, we have succeeded in building alliances with economically, racially and politically diverse constituencies. By bringing together such diverse partners as Native Americans, ranchers and environmentalists to work towards a common -and critically important- goal, their ability to voice their concerns and work to lessen impacts has increased.
 
OGAP is a resource for citizens and communities that are dealing with oil and gas development.  OGAP's multi-tiered approach involves people who are directly affected by the impacts of oil and gas development in working for strong reforms and better industry practices.  We utilize media, public education and community organizing in our efforts to change the way oil and gas development occurs in North America. 

OGAP coordinates two main program areas: Public Health and Toxics, and Regulatory and Governmental Reform."

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Colorado Environmental Coalition

www.ourcolorado.org

From their website: "Coloradans who love our state's incredible quality of life and great outdoors are the heart and soul of the Colorado Environmental Coalition. Their energy and enthusiasm increases CEC's ability to respond to the threats facing Colorado's environment. Whether attending a public meeting, writing a letter to your state senator, or helping us "re-wild" an illegal track through a proposed wilderness area, you action creates change. Get involved today!"


Powder River Basin Resource Council

http://www.powderriverbasin.org/index.cfm

This was one of the first places I went for information five years ago. These guys have put a lot of work together,  particularly on coal bed methane. From their site: "Powder River Basin  Resource Council is committed to:  The preservation and enrichment of Wyoming's agricultural heritage and rural lifestyle. The conservation of Wyoming's unique land, mineral, water, and clean air resources consistent with responsible use of those resources to sustain the livelihood of present and future generation. The education and empowerment of Wyoming's citizens to raise a coherent voice in the decisions that will impact their environment and lifestyle."
 


Colorado Action Network

www.coloradoactionnetwork.org

From their site: "As Coloradans, we want our air clean and our spectacular wild places preserved for future generations. Armed with only an email address and an interest in protecting the environment, we can make sure decision makers hear from us on these important issues. As a Colorado Action Network member, you will be informed about the most serious threats to our quality of life. And, you will know that with a few simple keystrokes, you can reach the key decision makers at just the right moment."


Congress.org

www.congress.org

I love this site, as it keeps me informed - in a very fast and summary way - of issues coming before congress, and reflects how each of my representatives have voted. When I want more detail, it also provides links for more in-depth info on issues. Want to know how your rep is representing you? This site sends alerts right to the mailbox.

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National Wildlife Federation

www.nwf.org

This site has an e-mail alert capability to notify someone when issues involving wildlife are up for legislative review. If you want to speak up for wildlife, this site has been helpful for me.


WCC  Western Colorado Congress

www.wccongress.org

From their site: "Western Colorado Congress (WCC) is a grassroots, democratic organization dedicated to challenging injustice by organizing people to increase their power over decisions that affect their lives. WCC's community groups and members work together to create healthy, sustainable communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship and a truly democratic society."

We are members of this organization, and they continue to be very involved in issues important to the Colorado community. Their work has made a huge and positive difference in the continuing improvements to the way the oil and gas industry conducts its affairs in our state. I considered myself honored and fortunate to be invited to attend a press event to announce the COGCC draft rules with the WCC and Colorado Environmental Coalition.

Visit their blog at http://wccongress/wordpress.com

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National Resources Defense Council

www.nrdc.org

From their site: "NRDC works on a broad range of issues as we pursue our mission to safeguard the Earth; its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends."

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Public Citizen

www.citizen.org

From their site: "Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts." Founded by Ralph Nader.

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WORC - Western Organization of Resource Councils

www.worc.org

From their site: "A network of six state grassroots organizations working for change on the environment and family agriculture."


Earthworks

An outstanding collection of fact sheets, statistics and rare insight into what is really going on in Colorado's' gas country.

www.earthworksaction.org

From their site: "EARTHWORKS is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the destructive impacts of mineral development, in the U.S. and worldwide. EARTHWORKS stands for clean water, healthy communities and corporate accountability.  We're working for solutions that protect the earth's resources and communities."

Environmental Impacts in the news:  http://www.earthworksaction.org/Coloincidentsinnews.cfm

Health Impacts in the news:  http://www.earthworksaction.org/Colohealth.cfm


Colorado Foundation for Water Education

www.cfwe.org

Citizen's Guide to Colorado Water Law [23 page guide written for the lay person - and a thorough general primer]


The Ohio Environmental Council

www.theoec.org

http://www.theoec.org/PDFs/water/cwater_pollaw_suit.pdf  Watershed Watchdog [an excellent 14 page guide on filing a citizen suit]

From their website: "The mission of the Ohio Environmental Council is to inform, unite, and empower Ohio citizens to protect the environment and conserve natural resources."


Union of Concerned Scientists

http://www.ucsusa.org

From their website: "The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.

What began as a collaboration between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 250,000 citizens and scientists. UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students. Our achievements over the decades show that thoughtful action based on the best available science can help safeguard our future and the future of our planet."


Environmental Working Group

www.ewg.org

Publisher of: Free Pass for Oil and Gas: Environmental Protections Rolled Back as Western Drilling Surges. This report highlights all the environmental exemptions enjoyed by the oil and gas industry.

From their website:  "The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles. In 2002, we founded the EWG Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization that advocates on Capitol Hill for health-protective and subsidy-shifting policies."

 

 



For the record: Some people have thought my actions to be politically motivated. No. I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican, and in fact believe the polarization of these two parties has contributed immensely to the decline of our country. I am a registered Independent. My actions are motivated by what I believe is just - nothing more.



 

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Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

www.oil-gas.state.co.us/

The accessibility of this site has improved vastly from 2004. You can now obtain a snapshot overview of permitted activity as well as research associated documentation of activities past.

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EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS

If you are landowner in proximity to natural gas development, these contacts should be hanging by your phone. Please be aware, these are listed here only for your convenience and informational purposes and are numbers that I've used in the past to notify various agencies of emergencies. Several years ago, when activity here was strong, there were many emergencies - from spills, leaks and particulate emissions to trespass and issues with wildlife. I called and validated each of these numbers after dragging our old list out from behind some junk hanging on the side of the fridge - yellowed and curled, these numbers are still good to go, as of 09-09-07, but they could change. Some are specific to Colorado, and as this website becomes more of a national resource, I urge folks from other states to find numbers relevant to their local and state regions. I advise you to use your own best judgment when notifying any appropriate authority. And of course, 911 is a given. Include the agency with jurisdiction over your emergency, and you will fare better with two extremely important aspects of your particular emergency: 1)  rapid and satisfactory resolution 2)  documentation of the event for future purposes. Documentation is important not only for potential issues which could lead to litigation, but it also provides a first-hand, on-the-scene account which could yield vital details that may become less clear or contested over time, if not initially made a matter of written public record. Based on our experience, it's also a good idea to ask for a copy of any report and certainly notify the reporting agency in writing of any information you feel is reported in error, offering your version of the facts.

 

   


Citizen-Generated Complaint/Report Form

Put it in writing.... (for your benefit and theirs too)

Fed up with the tedious process of calling every Tom Dick and Harry to complaint about an industry 'event'? Well, you can make your life simpler by copying this form. Submit a complaint/report to COGCC, Garfield County Oil and Gas Liaison, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment - whomever. This is a form I created to standardize the process of a citizen-generated complaint, since different divisions may have different data collection protocol - and some have no form at all. This way, you can copy or print the form, pop it into you re-mail or enter the appropriate information and send it as an attachment saving you and perhaps those who review it time and effort. It's what I use, and you're welcome to use it too.
 

   

 

 

Click here to print a list of these phone numbers without any of the organizations listed above.

Situation and Agency

(*) indicates Key Agency to notify in almost any dangerous / spill release situation
 

  Contact Info   Notes
         
Air Quality (particulate or other emission)

 

       
* EPA National Response Center

 

 

 

  1-800-424-8802

 

 

 

  If you call in a complaint with the EPA at the national level, they will more than likely pass your complaint on to the regional office, but you may want to follow-up and request a copy of you report.

 

         
* EPA - State - Region 8

 

 

  1-800-227-8917

 

 

  Possesses some oversight regarding certain jurisdictional issues - underground injection / air / water

 

         
* Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

 

  1-800-886-7689
 

 

  This agency is concerned with both air and water

 

         
Colorado Department of Safety


 

  1-800-536-5339
 

 

  This agency includes the Department of Investigations, State Patrol and Fire Safety

 

         
* Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)

1-888-235-1101

www.oil-gas.state.co.us/


 

 

 

  Rifle Office
970-625-2497

Gary Helgeland
Field Inspector
     cell - 216-5749
gary.helgeland@state.co.us

Chris Canfield
Environmental Protection Specialist
     cell - 216-6832
 

  This is a one of the first agencies I notify during an emergency. They are investigative and useful in determining sources of activity - that is distinguishing between different operators  (companies) and identifying wells acting as source points of air, water, light and noise pollution, etc.



 

 

         
* Garfield County Oil and Gas Liaison

 


 


 

  Judy Jordan

970-625-0779
cell: 309-5441
e-mail: jjordan@garfield-county.com

www.garfield-county.com
 
  Judy is a great citizen resource for Garfield County. She can help facilitate communication between landowners, industry, the county and the COGCC, and is an important local link in establishing issues as a matter of record.



 

         
* Garfield County Public Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Jim Rada

Environmental Health Manager
970-625-5200  x 8113
jrada@garfielf-county.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Jim is another great citizen resource, and can help elevate state recognition of air quality issues in the county.

In reporting an odor event to this department, and any other, take note of the following as much as possible:

Meteorological Conditions
 
temperature
  wind direction
  general wind speed: i.e. calm, breezy, gusty,    
    etc.

Event Specifics
 
time of occurrence
  duration of occurrence

Topographical Conditions
  lay of the land, tree density, etc.

Note the presence of any known wells in the vicinity, and type of activity if known

         
Land / Soil / Surface /  (liquid spill)
All of the above (*). Request intervention of HazMat

 

       
         
Water Quality (spill of dumping into waterways, gas leak into well water) All of the above (*). Request intervention of HazMat

 

       
         
Colorado Division of Water Resources

 

  970-945-5665

 

   
         
Army Corp of Engineers

 

 

 

  1-202-761-0011
(general)

1-202-294-4156
(after hours / emergency)

 

   
         
Traffic Impacts
 
       
         
If a spill is involved all of the above (*) + Division of Water Resources if in a waterway or drainage / watershed area.        
         
HazMat

(Hazardous Material unit)

(must be summoned by jurisdictional official - State Patrol / Sheriff, etc.)
 

       
         
State Highway Patrol

 
  970-945-6198

 
   
         
Garfield County Sheriff Dispatch

 

  970-625-8095

 

  (also Trespass)

 

         
Wildlife
(harassment / injury or death)

If a vehicle is involved - state highway patrol or other jurisdictional enforcement may wish to be notified
 
       
         
Department of Wildlife (DOW)

 

  970-947-2920
(Glenwood field office)
 
   
         
Pipeline        
         
911 if you detect a leak + (*) request intervention of HazMat        
         
US Dept. of Transportation  / Office of Pipeline Safety
 
  202-366-4000
(main switchboard. request Office of Pipeline Safety)
  Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/portal/site/PHMSA
         
Public Utilities Commission   303-894-2070    
         
Utility Notification Center of Colorado

 

  800-92201987

303-232-1991
  Useful for emergency locates and damage reporting to appropriate utility owner
 
         
Atomic Energy Commission and/or
Nuclear Energy Institute
      Useful in learning how radioactive materials may be used by industry
         
Federal Lands

 

       
         
BLM
 

 

  970-947-2800
(Glenwood field office)

 

   
         
Forest Service


 

  970-945-2521
(Glenwood field office)

 

   
         
Area Operator - In the case of the area around our home, the primary operator is EnCana Oil and Gas, USA

 
EnCana General Line
970-285-2600
Hotline (Land Owner Relations) 970-285-2777
 
If you cannot determine the source of your complaint, the COGCC field inspectors can help determine responsible parties

 

         

 

   
         
         

 

 

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