Climate + Energy

Keeping up The Pressure to Defend Denver’s Clean Air From Fracking

IMG_1343Citing the agency’s failure to comply with federal clean air laws, we appealed to overturn the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s approval of 58 new oil and gas fracking wells in the Denver Metro area of Colorado.

For years now, the Denver Metro Area has been choking on smog pollution fueled by unchecked oil and gas development. The recent surge in horizontal drilling and fracking has pushed concentrations of ground-level ozone, the key ingredient of smog, above federal health limits.

Earlier this year, we wrote about our efforts to confront the Bureau of Land Management’s approval of new oil and gas wells north of Denver in Weld County. Despite acknowledging that its approval would worsen air quality, the agency rubberstamped the drilling permits anyway, giving the company, High Point Resources (formerly the Bill Barrett Corporation), the green light to drill and frack at will.

Back in April, we called on the Bureau of Land Management’s Colorado State Director to set aside the approval of the drilling permits. Unfortunately, the State Director upheld the approval.

Last week, we appealed that decision with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Board of Land Appeals.  We’ll soon be filing a brief laying out why the Bureau of Land Management’s decision not only violates federal clean air laws, but threatens public health throughout the Denver Metro area.

While the Trump Administration is trying to sacrifice our clean air and our health to the oil and gas industry, we’re in the trenches pushing back day in and day out. With our latest appeal, we hope to protect air quality in  the Denver Metro area and continue to hold the oil and gas industry accountable to our health and well-being.

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