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.
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.