Oil and Gas

Fracktured Erie

Fracktured Erie

It’s showdown time. This morning, Boulder County’s five-year ban on new oil and gas development officially expired. In its place, new rules governing oil and gas development in the county will take effect, which county commissioners say are the “strongest set of regulations on oil and gas development in the State of Colorado.” Oil and […]

Forced pooling is not mandatory swim practice

Forced pooling is not mandatory swim practice

Colorado law compels communities that own their mineral rights to lease them against their will. When James Sines shopped for homes in 2007, he thought he knew how to pick a neighborhood that would never be drilled for oil or gas. His nephew, a geologist, told Sines to ask the real estate agent showing a […]

FRACTURED, Part VI:  The Wall

FRACTURED, Part VI: The Wall

Greeley residents sue state oil and gas commission over neighborhood drilling rules. A group of homeowners in Greeley filed a lawsuit this morning in Denver District Court against the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), alleging that the state agency ignored its own rules in approving a 24-well site in their neighborhood. The lawsuit, […]


FRACTURED, Part V: Trouble in Triple Creek

FRACTURED, Part V: Trouble in Triple Creek

Colorado’s new rules fail to protect neighborhood residents from the impacts of oil and gas drilling. It was Sept. 27, and the room was game-day tense. Greeley residents Lowell Lewis, Nelly Morales and Dawn Stein sat near the lawyer representing their neighborhood group at a meeting with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). […]

FRACTURED, Part IV: Why it took years to shut down Texas Tea

FRACTURED, Part IV: Why it took years to shut down Texas Tea

How one oil and gas company ran afoul of Colorado regulators, and what it tells us about how the energy industry is – and isn’t – held to account. Photos of a Texas Tea well in Brighton from 2012 and 2016 show that no action was taken by Texas Tea to clean up its mess. […]

FRACTURED, Part III: Why Colorado’s anti-fracking measures didn’t make the ballot

FRACTURED, Part III: Why Colorado’s anti-fracking measures didn’t make the ballot

The fractivists were prepared for this. Before turning in the more than 200,000 ballot petition signatures they collected to qualify two anti-fracking measures for the November ballot, members of the Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking campaign took photographs of every single petition page. After Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ office announced last week […]


FRACTURED, Part II: The Making of a Fractivist

FRACTURED, Part II: The Making of a Fractivist

The stories of four Coloradans who found themselves in a battle they never expected. “Think before you ink.” “Decline to sign.” “This petition kills jobs!” In the final days before Monday’s deadline to submit signatures on two proposed fracking regulations, the energy industry has ramped up its efforts to keep them from reaching the November […]

FRACTURED, Part I: Who’s behind ‘decline to sign’ efforts?

FRACTURED, Part I: Who’s behind ‘decline to sign’ efforts?

Energy giants are pulling out all the stops to prevent anti-fracking initiatives from making the ballot.  The 30-second television ad reeks of ominous. A handheld camera shows a faceless young man with dark skin, wearing ratty cargo pants and wielding a pen, knocking on a front door with a petition in hand. “Professional signature gatherers […]