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Preemption of Ban on Fracking

A Greeley ban on oil and gas extraction enacted as a local ordinance in 1985, both by ballot initiative in a home rule city, and by city council action, was overturned by two 1992 Colorado Supreme Court cases, Voss v. Lundvall Bros. Inc and Bowen/Edwards Assoc. Inc. v. Board of County Commissioners of La Plata County, holding that the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Act (O&GCA) preempts any outright ban as well as any local regulation that creates an “operational conflict” with O&GCA.… Read the rest

How Corporations Are Colonizing Us

This Colorado map shows many of the toxic industrial sites in our state.  The Metro Denver group spent many tens of hours researching the types and locations of these facilities.  After a while, due to the large number of facilities that have to fit on the map, the best we could do was to put the facility icons in the correct county.  … Read the rest

Lafayette Climate Bill of Rights

passed March 21, 2017

ORDINANCE NO. 02, Series 2017
INTRODUCED BY COUNCILOR ALEXANDRA LYNCH

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE, COLORADO, ENACTING THE CLIMATE BILL OF RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONS

WHEREAS, the people of the City of Lafayette find that global environmental destruction, which includes degradation to the climate, ecosystems, flora, fauna, land and water, constitutes an emergency that threatens our very survival; and;

WHEREAS, the people of the City of Lafayette believe that the systematic poisoning of our water, air and soil are activities that directly affect the health and safety of all residents and infringe upon our right to life, liberty and property; and

WHEREAS, the people of the City of Lafayette find that the environmental degradation and introduction of toxic chemical pollutants resulting from the extraction of coal, oil and gas, and disposal of drilling waste within the City would significantly contribute to environmental destruction, and life-endangering health risks.… Read the rest

Lafayette Community Rights Act

CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT

Lafayette Community Rights Act

Finalized April 30, 2013

Voted into law November 7, 2013

 

Section 2.3. – COMMUNITY BILL of RIGHTS and OBLIGATIONS- PROHIBITING THE EXTRACTION OF OIL AND GAS TO SECURE THOSE RIGHTS

The rights secured here are not mere privileges; they are obligations justly placed on government and on each member of the community to respect freedoms held individually and collectively by every member of the community.… Read the rest