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Sierra Club pushing new protection from drilling in Colorado

By Bob Downing Published: June 3, 2014

From the Sierra Club late last week:



Denver, CO – Today the Sierra Club sent a letter to Governor John Hickenlooper calling on him to protect Coloradans from unchecked expansion of toxic fracking operations in their communities. As negotiations continue around legislation that would clarify and expand regulatory control in local communities, the Sierra Club has, in this letter, outlined a list of priorities that any legislative solution must include in order to adequately protect the health and well-being of citizens in communities across Colorado.


The Sierra Club contends that legislation must:


  • Clarify local government’s regulatory authority
  • Allow local government to exceed state minimum setbacks from residential areas, schools, playgrounds, parks and hospitals
  • Let local government regulate oil and gas development and permit approval based on limiting light, noise and dust pollution
  • Hold the oil and gas industry to the same regulation of industrial and commercial zoning as other industries


“In light of the problems that air pollution, toxic spills, water contamination, increased truck traffic, and light and noise pollution cause for Colorado communities, our cities and towns must have the right to say no and stop this dirty drilling from happening within their boundaries,” said Catherine Collentine, Sierra Club’s Colorado Campaign Representative. “If our decision makers are not ready to entertain this simple, direct solution, then communities must at least have adequate tools to regulate where and how fracking takes place through local control.”





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