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Feds Urged by Grassroots Activists to Ban New Fossil Fuel Leasing

Grassroots activists, artists, and conservation groups affiliated with the Center for Biological Diversity submitted formal comments this week that call on the Bureau of Land Management to prohibit new leasing of publicly-owned fossil fuels in its new resource management plan, which would affect more than 6 million acres of land in eastern Colorado. This plan projects a potential increase of up to 2,400 percent in the number of active federal gas and oil wells between 2011 and 2030, bringing the total number of wells up to 13,041 from 543.

The plan would affect 6.6. million acres of land, including 3.9 million acres of public land near Fort Collins, Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and South Park. Critics of this plan state that it is “backward [and] dangerous” to expand the development of fossil fuels during a global climate crisis. In light of the existing controversy surrounding the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” Colorado citizens are growing increasingly concerned that air and water pollution from such a vast expansion could cause serious problems.

Fracking Accidents in Colorado

Colorado residents are already familiar with the variety of things that can go wrong with fracking. Since 2011, Colorado has already had at least 19 reports of fracking-related accidents, or as many now refer to them, “fraccidents.”

In February of 2013, a Fort Collins oil well gushed out green fracking fluid for over 30 hours before it could be contained. Later that same year, a processing equipment backup in Ault caused crude oil to spray out across more than 150,000 square feet of a nearby organic farm. It is yet uncertain whether the contaminated ground will be fit to grow crops again. In April of this year in Greeley, CO, a fracking waste-water site caught fire and caused several large explosions, causing the evacuation of three homes and polluting the air with a massive amount of black smoke. These are only a few of the many cases of fracking accidents that have resulted in air pollution, water poisoning, and animal illnesses and deaths throughout Colorado.

We Represent Victims of Fracking Accidents

Have you or a loved one suffered an injury, illness, or loss related to fracking? The Denver personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jordan & Associates, LLC can inform you of your legal options and provide you with the strategic advocacy you need to achieve your goals. Whether you are a fracking worker or a nearby resident affected by environmental contamination, contact our team at (720) 897-7010 for a free consultation to discuss how we may be able to help. You pay nothing unless you make a recovery, so call today.

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