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Comment on Extending the Oil and Gas Moratorium

Support County Commissioners on the proposed extension for Boulder County

Write in by:

Wednesday, June 11th, 4:00 pm
Email: oilgascomment@bouldercounty.org
Mail to:Oil and Gas Comments, P.O. Box 471, Boulder, CO 80306

Public Hearing:

Thursday, June 12th, 4:00 pm
Boulder County Courthouse
1325 Pearl St., Boulder, CO 80302

The commissioners are discussing Resolution 2013-55 which would explore extending the moratorium on processing oil and gas development applications in unincorporated Boulder County for an additional 18 months.

They are only accepting written communication. There will be no public comment period, so get your comments in by June 11th.

Energy In Our Backyards

A Mini Film Festival of Peace Justice and Possibilities

Saturday, May 3, 2014 7:00 Pm, Doors at 6:30
First Congregational Church
1128 Pine St, Boulder, CO 80302
Register Here

The Eco-Ministry of the First Congregational Church presents an evening of film, music, discussion and dancing! These short films will be premiered as a sneak peek of Dear Governor Hickenlooper: We Need Renewables! to be released at Telluride’s MountainFilm

Films
    • Backyard Deia Schlosberg
    • Solar Flare Jeff Orlowski
    • Dived United Pete McBride
    • Fracked-up Love Story Len Aitkin
Musical Guests
      • Isa and Joe Allan
Special Guests
      • Patty Limerick – Center for the American West
      • Russel Mendell – Frack Free Colorado
      • Diea Schlosberg – Pale Blue Dot Media
      • Shane Davis – The Fractivist

A $10 suggested donation supports future community conversation events of the First Congregation’s Eco Ministry. The donation enters you in a raffle for some fabulous Patagonia swag!

Colorado Regulates Methane and VOCs from Oil & Gas Operations

Colorado is now the first state in the nation to regulate methane from the 50,000 oil and gas wells in the state. The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) passed the regulations on Sunday, February 23rd with an 8-1 vote.

Now that those regulations have passed, several of the Commissioners’ terms have expired and we need strong, clean air defenders to be appointed in their stead. If you know of qualified candidates, please have them submit their interest to CDPHE. See here for more information.

Thanks to all of you who came out, phoned in, or wrote in support of the new regulations. The public support was overwhelmingly in favor of these regulations. Despite the industry’s push to have less stringent regulations outside the Denver-metro non-attainment area, the AQCC passed blanket regulations for all of Colorado.

CEA’s Meredith Roberts explained the scope of the new regulations:

The rules are long and tedious, but can be understood to address two issues. First, they will require the oil and gas industry to use better technology – technology that the big three may already be using – to reduce VOC and methane emissions. Second, the rules require the industry to inspect their infrastructure and fix leaks when they are detected.

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The Denver Post explains:

By passing rules aimed at reducing toxic emissions from oil and gas facilities, Colorado officials are trying to allow an energy boom while also protecting health and the environment. They needed to act because Front Range air already fails to meet federal health standards. The oil and gas industry is a growing source of volatile organic compounds that lead to the formation of ozone.

 

GWSSS: Fracking Emissions Analyses

Jon Kofler

Senior Research Associate, CIRES

February 20th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
1820 15th St, Boulder, CO 80302

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Presentation

Jon Kofler will share details about how his mobile measurements in oil and gas regions are made and what the scientists are learning. The Picarro analyzer has been the backbone of CH4 measurements used to study oil and gas emissions. While overall basin-wide emission rates of natural gas from oil and gas operations have been estimated from aircraft measurements made by Global Monitoring Division Scientists, the van loaded with Picarro instrumentation has proven useful in identifying specific sources and their relative contribution to total emissions.  In addition, emission ratios of methane relative to other trace gases such as benzene and toluene were measured near fracking sites and other stages in oil and gas production. Emissions or leak rates of methane gas are important in determining whether natural gas is a safe alternative to other energy sources. Jon will focus on the Denver Julesberg Basin studies and data, but also compare and contrast the local studies to the Uintah Basin in Utah and the Barnett in Texas. He will share many alarming first hand stories about what is happening on the ground!

Speaker Background

Jon Kofler is the technical lead of the tall tower project at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Global Monitoring Division. Starting in 2004, with a team of technicians and engineers, he designed, assembled, tested and deployed a high accuracy measurement system for CO2, CO, and CH4 to 10 tall tower sites around the United States. Now he maintains these sites which provide high accuracy data for scientists engaged in climate research and other studies. Starting in 2009, again working on hardware to make measurements, he collaborated with Gabrielle Petron to make measurements of emissions from oil and gas operations using a mobile platform (a large van). He has driven over 4000 miles and logged more than 400 hours in 5 states while making mobile measurements in the past few years. In spite of all his driving for work, he is an avid environmentalist and strives to reduce his carbon footprint in his personal life.

Power Point

Jon Kofler’s Presenation