Free Screening of the film "Unfractured" (9/30/2018 3pm-5pm)
Sep
30
3:00 PM15:00

Free Screening of the film "Unfractured" (9/30/2018 3pm-5pm)

Join East Boulder County United for the film, Unfractured, that tells the story of how activists worked to ban fracking in New York.

Two local candidates and EBCU activists Cliff Willmeng (running for BoCo county commissioner) and Theresa Stets (running for representative in State House District 12) will speak at the event to frame the film through the lens of fracking opposition in Colorado.

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Boulder County Community Rights Forum (8/23/2018 7pm-9 pm)
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Boulder County Community Rights Forum (8/23/2018 7pm-9 pm)

Why can't people protect themselves from--
Fracking?
Gravel mines?
Prairie dog destruction?
Pipelines?
Ecosystem and endangered species destruction?
For-profit water withdrawals? 

What kind of movement will it take to save the environment and protect ourselves, our families, and our communities? 

Join us at the Historic Church of the Brethren and learn about efforts to build the community rights movement, and why this movement is imperative NOW, not only to preserve our communities but the whole planet. 

You'll hear from local organizers with--
Save Our Saint Vrain Valley
Best Democracy
Prairie Protection Colorado
Boulder Rights of Nature
Tindakan
East Boulder County United and the Longmont Protectors

You'll also hear from two current candidates for local and state office who both emerged from the community rights movement in Boulder County: Cliff Willmeng for Boulder County Commissioner (at large), and Theresa Stets for State House District 12

We'll wrap up with a discussion on Home Rule for Boulder County, and what such a campaign could achieve.

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Lafayette Council - Do Not Legalize Drilling in our Town (6/16/18 5pm)
Jun
19
5:00 PM17:00

Lafayette Council - Do Not Legalize Drilling in our Town (6/16/18 5pm)

The Lafayette City Council majority is attempting to legalize oil and gas drilling, the construction of fossil fuel infrastructure, and the burning of cancer causing volatile organic compounds within city limits. Ignoring the damage this will cause to public health, our local environment, and the global climate, Councilors are being asked to approve industry-reviewed drilling regulations in defiance of public safety and concern. 

As parents, families and people who love our town, we cannot allow this to happen. We stand by the following ideas and principles:

1. The regulations are the legalization of drilling and flaring in Lafayette

2. They do not protect human health, the environment or the climate

3. Legalizing drilling will harm people and the environment and can only be accomplished through the violation of our basic fundamental rights

4. Anyone voting to legalize drilling is complicit in these harms

5. After five years of appealing to all levels of government and being ignored, we are forced to protect the people, environment and climate ourselves. 

6. Any person in public office who refuses to protect the public has no moral basis for their position and should resign immediately

7. We want the Council to stop making misleading statements on the protective nature of the regulations, restore the full Climate Bill of Rights, and join with the community to build the necessary political force to protect us from drilling

Join with us to tell the Lafayette City Council to join with the community, end the brokering of oil and gas drilling in our town, and help us build a movement to protect our community from the poisoning and destruction seen across the Colorado oil fields.

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Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School! (5/11/18 3:10pm-4pm)
May
11
3:10 PM15:10

Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School! (5/11/18 3:10pm-4pm)

Please join our community and say no to fracking! We will meet on the Pioneer playground by 3:10pm and be ready to greet parents, teachers and members of our community! Invite friends so that we can make it loud and clear that we are saying no to fracking and our community, school, and district leaders cannot remain silent. They need to fight with us!! We will head over to Odd 13 after we finish up our bannering at Pioneer!

Two more Fridays - 5/11, and 5/18

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Levels of Volatile Organic Compounds in Our Blood (5/10/18 6pm)
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Levels of Volatile Organic Compounds in Our Blood (5/10/18 6pm)

Last week, an Erie mother testified at a COGCC meeting on elevated levels of benzene, ethybenzene, and 0-xylene in her six-year-old-son’s blood.

Thursday, East Boulder County United hosts Dr John Hughes in a presentation on the levels of VOCs in human subjects living adjacent to oil and gas drilling. 

In 2013, Dr. John Hughes of Aspen Integrative Health tested the blood of 10 Carbondale residents for a range of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) associated with gas drilling, including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene. He originally planned to re-test some of the individuals later, and see what happened if drilling took place in the Thompson Divide.

Hughes compared Carbondale residents’ results with blood samples from 10 residents of Erie. He found high levels of the carcinogen ethylbenzene in the blood of nine of the 11 Erie subjects; none of the Carbondale subjects showed high levels of ethylbenzene. In an article in the Aspen Times, Dr. Hughes stated: “The EPA has a standard for benzene of 5 parts per billion (ppb), and the highest levels that I found in the Erie patients’ blood was 118.5 ppb.”

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Nonviolent Direct Action Training (5/6/2018 12pm-3pm)
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

Nonviolent Direct Action Training (5/6/2018 12pm-3pm)

Join the Boulder County Protectors in a half day training on the theory, use and application of nonviolent direct action to protect our communities from fracking.

The training will cover the basics of direct action, when it is used, and how it works to build political power while addressing the ideas and concerns of anyone new to this profound and historic strategy.

We will also talk about the current situation in Boulder County and Erie regarding drilling and how we are organizing to ban fracking around community rights and the Climate Bill of Rights.

People completing the training will be invited to to join our Boulder County Protectors Direct Action Implementation Strategy Sessions. Please join us for this half day training.

Sliding scale of $10 - $50. No one turned away for lack of funds. Donations needed for continued trainings and for our legal defense fund.

RSVP Required to eastbocounited@gmail.com with your name, address and phone number.

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Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (5/4/18 3:10pm-4pm)
May
4
3:10 PM15:10

Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (5/4/18 3:10pm-4pm)

Please join our community and say no to fracking! We will meet on the Pioneer playground by 3:10pm and be ready to greet parents, teachers and members of our community! Invite friends so that we can make it loud and clear that we are saying no to fracking and our community, school, and district leaders cannot remain silent. They need to fight with us!! We will head over to Odd 13 after we finish up our bannering at Pioneer!

Fridays - 5/4, 5/11, and 5/18

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Croissants with Council (4/21/2018 9:30am - 10:30am)
Apr
21
9:30 AM09:30

Croissants with Council (4/21/2018 9:30am - 10:30am)

Ask council directly about the city's oil and gas regulations, now being reviewed by the industry (!), or about amendments to the criminal code to protect nonviolent activists, or about any other subject, Here's a chance for an actual back-and-forth exchange, unlike stilted public comment at city council meetings. And you get free croissants.

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Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (4/20/18 3:10pm-4pm)
Apr
20
3:15 PM15:15

Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (4/20/18 3:10pm-4pm)

Please join our community and say no to fracking! We will meet on the Pioneer playground by 3:10pm and be ready to greet parents, teachers and members of our community! Invite friends so that we can make it loud and clear that we are saying no to fracking and our community, school, and district leaders cannot remain silent. They need to fight with us!! We will head over to Odd 13 after we finish up our bannering at Pioneer!

Fridays - 4/20, 5/4, 5/11, and 5/18

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Angevine MS Bannering! Join our community & say no to fracking! (4/12/18 3:40pm-4:40pm)
Apr
12
3:40 PM15:40

Angevine MS Bannering! Join our community & say no to fracking! (4/12/18 3:40pm-4:40pm)

  • Minotaur Circle and South Boulder Road (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Calling all teachers, school administrators, students, parents, grandparents, and members of our community! We will meet at the corner of Minotaur Circle and South Boulder Road, in front of Angevine Middle School at 3:40PM on April 12th. No need to bring anything! We will have signs and banners.

After the bannering we will head over to Odd13 to connect, collaborate, and decompress. See you on April 12th!

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Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (4/6/18 3:10pm-4pm)
Apr
6
3:10 PM15:10

Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (4/6/18 3:10pm-4pm)

Please join our community and say no to fracking! We will meet on the Pioneer playground by 3:10pm and be ready to greet parents, teachers and members of our community! Invite friends so that we can make it loud and clear that we are saying no to fracking and our community, school, and district leaders cannot remain silent. They need to fight with us!! We will head over to Odd 13 after we finish up our bannering at Pioneer!

On Fridays until May 18th - 4/6, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, and 5/18 

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Students United! Meeting for School based antifracking campaign (3/25/18 3pm-5pm)
Mar
25
3:00 PM15:00

Students United! Meeting for School based antifracking campaign (3/25/18 3pm-5pm)

Join our growing crew of Boulder County activated parents, students and educators at this meeting to continue strategizing and making concrete plans to for our campaigns to fight fracking. Our 4 active areas are: 

1. Engagement across Boulder County Schools
2. Bannering and visibility events
3. Letters to the Editor
4. School walk-outs

This meeting will focus on the following: 

  • Messaging and logistics on Apri1 3 and May 1 school walkout events to the Boulder County Commissioners public meetings/hearings.
  • Updates and planning on Letters to the Editor and Bannering campaigns.
  • Communications and legal updates on BVSD policies regarding protests on school property.
  • Planning for engaging and building awareness at all Lafayette schools. 
  • Potential collaborations on Earth Day event.

This agenda will change if new developments arise in the next few days. Also we will provide basic orientation information for new folks to this meeting.

Here is the latest Daily Camera article on the developments at Pioneer Elementary: http://www.dailycamera.com/lafayette-news/ci_31748869/lafayette-elementary-school-sees-tensions-over-fracking-tensions

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Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (3/23/18 3:10pm-4:00pm)
Mar
23
3:10 PM15:10

Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (3/23/18 3:10pm-4:00pm)

Please join our community and say no to fracking! We will meet on the Pioneer playground by 3:10pm and be ready to greet parents, teachers and members of our community! Invite friends so that we can make it loud and clear that we are saying no to fracking and our community, school, and district leaders cannot remain silent. They need to fight with us!! We will head over to Odd 13 after we finish up our bannering at Pioneer!

On Fridays - 3/16, 3/23, 4/6

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Lafayette Council: Call to Action (3/20/18 6pm-9pm)
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

Lafayette Council: Call to Action (3/20/18 6pm-9pm)

DEMANDS FOR COUNCIL following town hall meeting with Thomas Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund:

Protect the Community by:

1. Restoring the Climate Bill of Rights to its original version with the direct action component

This will be discussed during council comments, Merrily Mazza will request that the amendments be added to the agenda and voted on at the April 3 council meeting. THE COUNCIL MAY REFUSE TO DO SO. Speak out and demand they protect the community and not the oil and gas industry!

2. Enforce the Climate Bill of Rights; accept pro bono legal offer from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

3. Revamp trespass provisions in the city code to protect protestors acting for the community to stop neighborhood oil and gas drilling

Council has to make a decision at this critical moment for Lafayette public health and safety. We cannot survive Lafayette being turned into a toxic oil field. Ask the City Council to stand with the public against drilling or make way for others that will.

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Students united! Anti Fracking School Walkout Committee Meeting (3/18/18 3pm-5pm)
Mar
18
3:00 PM15:00

Students united! Anti Fracking School Walkout Committee Meeting (3/18/18 3pm-5pm)

Parents, students and teachers - Join Lafayette families to help us plan for an April 3 school walkout to express our demand to keep fracking away from our schools and out of all of Lafayette/Boulder County.

We have a basic plan to check our children out of school in the morning and take a bus to the county courthouse. Bring your ideas, passion, and interested friends. We have student leaders for this action and would love to recruit more.

See you there!  To get in touch, email antifrackingwalkouts@gmail.com

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Know Your Rights Training (3/18/18 1:00pm - 2:30pm)
Mar
18
1:00 PM13:00

Know Your Rights Training (3/18/18 1:00pm - 2:30pm)

Calling all area fracking activists!  Whitney Leeds, lawyer with the Denver chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, is conducting a know your rights training for local activists.   Ms. Leeds is phenomenal!  Know Your Rights is critical training for those planning to take part in direct actions.

After the last Lafayette city council meeting on fracking regulations, that's about all we have left to save the community, our families, and our environment. Attendees will learn about the procedure of being questioned, detained, and arrested by police in Colorado as well as their rights during that process. Specific language and behaviors to use with police will be discussed and role-played. 

Coming?  RSVP to jclamb4649@gmail.com

Free and sponsored by East Boulder County United.

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Pioneer Bannering:  Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (3/16/18 - 4/6/18 3:10pm-4:00pm)
Mar
16
3:10 PM15:10

Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (3/16/18 - 4/6/18 3:10pm-4:00pm)

Please join our community and say no to fracking! We will meet on the Pioneer playground by 3:10pm and be ready to greet parents, teachers and members of our community! Invite friends so that we can make it loud and clear that we are saying no to fracking and our community, school, and district leaders cannot remain silent. They need to fight with us!! We will head over to Odd 13 after we finish up our bannering at Pioneer!

Every Friday, March 16 - April 6 (3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6)

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Escuela Bilingue Pioneer - First Bannering Event! No to Fracking (3/9/18 3:10pm - 4pm)
Mar
9
3:10 PM15:10

Escuela Bilingue Pioneer - First Bannering Event! No to Fracking (3/9/18 3:10pm - 4pm)

Meet on the playground from 3:10PM-4:00PM. We are standing together to say no to fracking. We will bring the signs and banners - please just bring yourself, students and friends.

This is the first of our weekly bannering events - join us and say no to fracking under our school! For more information email - emilylovecu@gmail.com

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Brad Holmes - Activism & Student Power (3/6/18 6pm - 8pm)
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Brad Holmes - Activism & Student Power (3/6/18 6pm - 8pm)

  • Eaton Humanities Building on CU Boulder Campus. Room 135 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join East Boulder County United and the Boulder County Protectors in an informal get-together to talk about Environmental Activisim, Community Rights and Student Power. Brad Holmes, a student at Bowling Green State in Ohio, will discuss his experiences with organizing and activism and his dealings with a resistant local government.

Brad Holmes will give a short synopsis of his background, the pipeline proposal in Bowling Green, Ohio, the ensuing livable climate bill of rights and how the politicians fought it, and what the community plans going forward. As the Bowling Green BOR was very much pushed by the student population, he will also be speaking about his experiences of organizing as a student.

This event will also provide options for joining efforts to protect Boulder County from a looming assault by the oil and gas industry.

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Town Hall Meeting with CELDF's Thomas Linzey esq. (3/5/18 6:30pm - 9:00pm)
Mar
5
6:30 PM18:30

Town Hall Meeting with CELDF's Thomas Linzey esq. (3/5/18 6:30pm - 9:00pm)

Join community members and the Lafayette City Council in a town hall meeting on banning fracking in Lafayette and the community rights organizing and legal strategy. This will be a watershed event and marks the first time in over five years that Council members will be meeting with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, known internationally for their intrepid and pioneering legal work in conjunction with embattled communities around the world. 

Learn more about Thomas Linzey and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund here:  CELDF.org

Other stories about CELDF’s work:  

Rolling Stone:

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-a-small-town-is-standing-up-to-fracking-w482577

In These Times:

http://inthesetimes.com/rural-america/entry/18976/thomas-linzey-interview-on-corporate-control-and-community-rights

Stay tuned for details and educational forums throughout Boulder County, in preparation for a critical year for our communities and environment. 

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CALL TO ACTION:  Lafayette City Council Meeting (2/20/2018 5:30pm - 8:00pm)
Feb
20
5:30 PM17:30

CALL TO ACTION: Lafayette City Council Meeting (2/20/2018 5:30pm - 8:00pm)

The city is moving forward with -- 

Drilling,

Pipelines,

Compressor stations,

Flaring,

Neighborhood industrial fossil fuel extraction

Jeffery Robbins has submitted proposed oil and gas regulations; they're almost a direct lift of Boulder County's.   The council may be voting on this, so ATTEND and SPEAK UP!  

Note the earlier start time.  It's the first item on the agenda.

Read regulations for the full flavor.  They're in the agenda packet:   http://www.cityoflafayette.com/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3192

From Mr. Robbins's Memorandum: " The City’s objective with the amended oil and gas regulations is to protect public health, safety, welfare, and the environment to the MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW."  That is to say, Extraction's profit overrides your children's health and welfare.

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Boulder:  Community Rights & Grassroots Power (2/14/2018 6pm - 8pm)
Feb
14
6:00 PM18:00

Boulder: Community Rights & Grassroots Power (2/14/2018 6pm - 8pm)

  • Eaton Humanities Building on CU Boulder Campus. Room 135 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join East Boulder County United and the Boulder County Protectors in an informal get-together to talk about Community Rights and Grassroots Power.  The Boulder County Protectors will be screening CELDF’s "So Your Community is about to be Fracked…" presentation and a short movie "Forget Shorter Showers".

This event serves to provide basic foundational knowledge around community rights, the need to organize independently of the two-party system, and options for joining efforts to protect the local area.

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We the Corporations - A Community Forum (2/7/2018 6pm - 8pm)
Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

We the Corporations - A Community Forum (2/7/2018 6pm - 8pm)

  • Eaton Humanities Building on CU Boulder Campus. Room 150 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A community forum, connecting the CU Boulder campus to the rest of the community.

Join East Boulder County United for a community forum with panelists Phil Doe, Wes Wilson, Joel Dyer, Christiaan van Woudenberg, Richard Folsom, and Suede in which we will discuss the dangers of fracking, revolving door of O&G and politicians in Colorado, the Big Greens’ & the Democrats’ greenwashing efforts, and what actions we’re taking to combat these grim circumstances. This event serves to provide basic foundational knowledge around fracking, the political climate associated with fracking, and options for joining efforts to protect the local area.

Panelists:
Wes Wilson was a senior environmental engineer in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Denver office in charge of analysis of federal projects. He participated in EPA’s veto over Denver’s Two Forks Dam, Congressional action to prevent gold mining near Yellowstone National Park, and EPA’s analysis of the impacts of coal bed methane production. He was a whistleblower to Congress in 2004 on EPA’s failure to properly analyze the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracking, which led to his appearance on the documentary films Gasland by Josh Fox and SplitcEstate by Deborah Anderson. He is a board member of four grassroots organizations informing policy makers and the public on to the climate change and health impacts of fracking for oil and gas. These are non-profit organizations in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania. He is Science Advisor for Be the Change, and works with Phil Doe on public education and outreach regarding climate change and fracking. He is a graduate of University of Arizona, where he received a bachelors degree in Geological Engineering and a masters degree in Water Resource Management.

Phil Doe has been fighting for Colorado’s water for most of his adult life. He served as Bureau Chief and Environmental Compliance Officer for the Bureau of Reclamation in the Department of Interior and was featured as a whistleblower on 60 Minutes. He has published op-ed features in Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Colorado Central Magazine, and Counterpunch. His past grassroots efforts opposed the Animas-La Plata water project in southwest Colorado. He is a registered citizen lobbyist at the State Capitol and testifies at the federal and state legislative level on natural resource issues. He serves on the board of the grassroots group, Be the Change, and directs their environmental issues program, with a current focus on horizontal hydrofracking.

Joel Dyer is the editor and a journalist for the BoulderWeekly, who has written political numerous articles relevant to oil & gas in Colorado. As a journalist and author, his work has appeared in New York Times Sunday Magazine, Vanity Fair, U.S.News & World Report, Mother Jones, Utne Reader and numerous other publications and websites. People such as Howard Zinn and Michael Moore have given nice reviews for books he wrote. His investigative reporting on the Oklahoma City bombing resulted in him being called to testify before the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism in 1996. He was a featured speaker at the 1997 national conference for Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has won a fair number national, regional and statewide journalism awards.

Christiaan van Woudenberg is an Erie, CO community member. As a parent of two daughters, he has lived in Erie for more than 10 years and has experienced the harms of the oil & gas industry firsthand. As such, he is a founding member of and the Editor-in-Chief for the Erie Protectors, a group which informs the community about oil and gas activities and organizes residents to protect the town from its adverse effects. He is also the Sphero Club Leader at Black Rock Elementary School and a contributor to ELife Magazine.

Richard Folsom and Suede are apart of the Boulder County Protectors. Richard Folsom is a concerned student at CU Boulder, who is apart of the ISO and organizes with the Boulder County Protectors. Suede is a community member in Boulder, who has spearheaded many vivid actions in the Boulder County Protectors. He is the founder of the Suede Light Brigade, a group which illuminates issues to public by projecting light onto buildings.

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We the People 2.0 Film Screening (1/28/18 2:00pm - 4:00pm)
Jan
28
2:00 PM14:00

We the People 2.0 Film Screening (1/28/18 2:00pm - 4:00pm)

Screening of We the People 2.0 - featuring the work of Thomas Linzey and The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) on the current state of our democracy. This free event is Sponsored by East Boulder County United, a local Community Rights organization that is engaging citizens in Boulder County and beyond to prevent the oil and gas industry from drilling in our backyards.

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Lafayette Community Forum (1/14/18 2:00pm - 4:00pm)
Jan
14
2:00 PM14:00

Lafayette Community Forum (1/14/18 2:00pm - 4:00pm)

Join East Boulder County United for a community forum with panelists Phil Doe, Wes Wilson, John Hughes and Paula Oransky in which we will introduce the process, dangers and legal topography of fracking. This event serves to provide basic foundational knowledge around fracking as well as options for joining efforts to protect the local area.

Panelists:

Dr. John Hughes, D.O. practices osteopathic, integrative, and regenerative medicine. His clinic, Aspen Integrative Medicine, Inc. provides the latest innovations in modern and natural medical care in Aspen and Basalt Colorado. Dr. Hughes graduated from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007 and trained in family practice at the University of Arizona. He specializes in integrative medicine, sports medicine, injection therapy, and osteopathic manual medicine. In 2012, Dr. Hughes researched patients who lived near natural gas wells in Erie, Colorado and Carbondale, Colorado and found that the Erie patients who lived closest to the wells and BTEX burners possessed significantly high levels of the toxin ethylbenzene in their blood and urine. Dr. Hughes' case report of patients living near natural gas wells in Erie, Colorado has been discussed by the Colorado State Legislature and reported to the pubic by Denver Channel 7 News, the Aspen Times, and other Colorado newspapers. Dr. Hughes has been invited to speak to several organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Osteopathic Medical Foundation, about the topic of VOCs effluents affecting human patients living near Colorado natural gas wells.

Wes Wilson was a senior environmental engineer in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Denver office in charge of analysis of federal projects. He participated in EPA’s veto over Denver’s Two Forks Dam, Congressional action to prevent gold mining near Yellowstone National Park, and EPA’s analysis of the impacts of coal bed methane production. He was a whistleblower to Congress in 2004 on EPA’s failure to properly analyze the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracking, which led to his appearance on the documentary films Gasland by Josh Fox and SplitcEstate by Deborah Anderson. He is a board member of four grassroots organizations informing policy makers and the public on to the climate change and health impacts of fracking for oil and gas. These are non-profit organizations in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania. He is Science Advisor for Be the Change, and works with Phil Doe on public education and outreach regarding climate change and fracking. He is a graduate of University of Arizona, where he received a bachelors degree in Geological Engineering and a masters degree in Water Resource Management.

Phil Doe has been fighting for Colorado’s water for most of his adult life. He served as Bureau Chief and Environmental Compliance Officer for the Bureau of Reclamation in the Department of Interior and was featured as a whistleblower on 60 Minutes. He has published op-ed features in Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Colorado Central Magazine, and Counterpunch. His past grassroots efforts opposed the Animas-La Plata water project in southwest Colorado. He is a registered citizen lobbyist at the State Capitol and testifies at the federal and state legislative level on natural resource issues. He serves on the board of the grassroots group, Be the Change, and directs their environmental issues program, with a current focus on horizontal hydrofracking.

Paula Oransky is an Erie, CO resident and parent whose family has experienced the harms of oil and gas industry at close range. She is a founding and active member of the Erie Protectors, a group which informs the community about oil and gas activities and organizes residents to protect the town from its adverse effects.

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Lafayette Neighborhood Canvassing (1/7/2018 3:45pm - 5:45 pm)
Jan
7
3:45 PM15:45

Lafayette Neighborhood Canvassing (1/7/2018 3:45pm - 5:45 pm)

We need your help!

We are continuing to alert our neighbors regarding the proposed drilling coming to our town in Lafayette. We have to educate the community on what they can do to stop this and get mass numbers of people involved to win this!

Please reply to mandi.papich@gmail.com by Saturday, January 6 if you can help with this effort and we will send you the meeting location. Please bring a clipboard and extra pens.

We will have a script plus flyers and we are hoping to hit 30-40 houses each.

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CALL TO ACTION - Demand Lafayette City Council Meet with CELDF  (1/2/18 6:30 pm)
Jan
2
6:30 PM18:30

CALL TO ACTION - Demand Lafayette City Council Meet with CELDF (1/2/18 6:30 pm)

In the upcoming Lafayette council meeting on Jan. 2, Lafayette city administrator, Gary Klaphake, will apparently recommend to council that the City not consult with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) in defense of the Lafayette Climate Bill of Rights and Protections (CBoR), which would ban fracking in Lafayette.  (That information is in the council’s agenda packet for Jan. 2, posted here on the city’s website http://www.cityoflafayette.com/Archive.aspx. The discussion will take place under city administrator comments in the agenda.) Mr. Klaphake’s expected recommendation will be based on the opinion of the city’s newly hired land use attorney from Durango, Jeffery Robbins, and CIRSA, the city’s insurer.  There was no communication with CELDF, the internationally known experts in community rights organizing.  There was no communication with the citizens who wrote and promoted this law, which is based on our community’s fundamental right to clean air, clean water and a healthy climate.  This move signals the council will accept drilling permits under the new regulations Attorney Robbins is currently writing and that it does not intend defend the CBoR.

Mr. Klaphake no longer lives in Lafayette; he now lives in Broomfield. City attorney David Williamson lives in Boulder.  Mr. Robbins lives in Durango.  The council is the only official entity at the meeting part of and speaking for those who will be directly affected.

We need as many people as possible to show up at the Jan. 2 meeting and demand that CELDF and the community rights argument get a seat at the table.  Please come to the meeting and make the following demand or simply come and stand in support of those who speak:

1. A public meeting with council and representatives of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
2. That this meeting be held in a venue large enough to include all people wanting to participate.
3. Spanish translation.
4. Live video streaming and recording.

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Introduction to Direct Action for Front Line Communities (12/3/17  12:00pm - 3:00pm)
Dec
3
12:00 PM12:00

Introduction to Direct Action for Front Line Communities (12/3/17 12:00pm - 3:00pm)

Join the Boulder County Protectors in a half day training on the theory, use and application of nonviolent direct action to protect our communities from fracking.

The training will cover the basics of direct action, when it is used, and how it works to build political power while addressing the ideas and concerns of anyone new to this profound and historic strategy.

We will also talk about the current situation in Boulder County and Erie regarding drilling and how we are organizing to ban fracking around community rights and the Climate Bill of Rights.

People completing the training will be invited to to join our Boulder County Protectors Direct Action Implementation Strategy Sessions. Please join us for this half day training.

Sliding scale of $10 - $50. No one turned away for lack of funds. Donations needed for continued trainings and for our legal defense fund.

RSVP Required to eastbocounited@gmail.com with your name, address and phone number.

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