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This team of 12 to 15 people has four sub-groups: water; renewable energy; oil and gas; and a newly added subgroup, pollinator habitat. The sub-groups meet and work independently and collaboratively on these and other key issues.

The Team has a broad focus of study towards taking advocacy action (based on LWV, LWVCO and LWVLC position statements) on local and regional environmental issues, including water, fracking, air quality, land use, transportation, agriculture, renewable energy, recycling matters, and education about how to make a difference to pollinator habitat.

The team has developed information and resource guides for the public on local and regional alternative energy sources and energy saving incentives, a bibliography on water issues, and a growing list of resources providing information on pollinators and their habitat. 

In March, the team sponsored a presentation by John Sanderson, Director of Science for the Nature Conservancy of Colorado.  You can watch his presentation on You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLOp87BqeNA&t=310s


Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events


Current Team Highlights



Summary: May 20 2020 Environmental Action Team Meeting 

 

Oil and Gas

 

COGCC and AQCC activities

 

AQCC: Regulation # 22 regarding GHG emissions reporting and limits would be a new regulation. The AQCC will also consider provisions to reduce HFCs emissions. Hearing is May 20-22. You may submit comments - more info here https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/aqcc

You must register to attend the hearings.

 

APCD: is proposing revisions to Regulation # 7 affecting natural gas fired reciprocating internal combustion engines and oil & gas pre-production operations and loadout of hydrocarbons at injection facilities. The meeting was on May 12. There's not a deadline for comments but you should get comments in as soon as possible. See APCD agenda and PPT presentation to learn more about what APCD is proposing previously sent in email for more info. Submit comments to cdphe.commentsapcd@state.co.us

 

COGCC has extended deadline for stakeholder comment for 800, 900 and 1200 rulemaking to Wednesday, 5/20 5 pm. See https://cogcc.state.co.us/#/home for COGCC info,  including draft rules. Comments can also be submitted here for rulemaking for 800, 900 and 1200 https://cogcc.state.co.us/sb19181_calendar.html#/rulemaking_mission_change Karen is not sure what the difference is between stakeholder and public comment. Doug notes these include rules related to wildlife. Comments to have to be detailed.

 

Broomfield oks 2000 ft setbacks.                       

https://www.broomfieldenterprise.com/2020/05/13/broomfield-oks-2000-foot-setbacks-for-oil-and-gas-operations/

 

King Operating is still pursuing leased minerals under PRPA plant.  Grizzly is leasing King minerals in the area.

Larimer Alliance has been working behind the scene on oil and gas issues. Alliance plans  501(C)(4) tax status. Visit the Alliance web site https://www.larimeralliance.org/ There are several working groups that could use help.

Extraction share price at 16 cents.

There is a Bella Romero petition to sign to shut down operations at the site addressed to Governor Polis.

           

Water Group

 

Legislation – not in session – no news and no action.  

NISP – Fort Collins has submitted 14 page comments to Larimer County for Northern Water ‘s (NW) 1041 application. The City is concerned about NW mitigation plans related to NW plans for pumps and pipes to move water that has flowed through the City back up to Glade reservoir. The pipes will run through City natural areas which would be disruptive to natural areas that the City has put effort into for river health. The city asks for 500 ft setback from the riverbank and riparian areas. Planned pipe routes would have to be done and would impact private property. The City asks for an ecological characterization performed by an outside group that will then be examined by stakeholders.

 

           

Partners in Climate Action (PiCA) 

 

 PiCA has a team of people working with PRPA regarding PRPA’s 5 and 10 year plans. PiCA plans Zoom meeting with PRPA and expert in organizing transition, Karl Rabago, a clean energy advocate https://rmi.org/people/karl-rabago-2/ 

           

Single use plastics

 

June 22 Larimer League general meeting will have plastic pollution presentation

July 27 Larimer League general meeting will have recycling presentation with Loveland and Fort Collins recycling staff.  Fort Collins will host the presentation.  The presentations will be recorded and provided to the public.

 

Pollinator Habitat

 

Plan viewing party mid – June and 10 minute presentation with guest speaker. Group is developing a list of potential resources for the League and public.  There will be an introduction to the group for League Lines and include a video.

Coloradoan had had review of Natures Best Hope book. Plant even a tiny garden to attract pollinator birds and insects.

 

  

                       

Other Activities  

There are question about lay offs in the alternative energy sector. Have others heard or seen this info?   

Egg cartons – Several members have cardboard egg cartons to recycle with a non-commercial egg outfit. Commercial operations can not take back cartons.

Tour of addition to PRPA facility – Horsetooth and Timberline.

 

There’s mulch for free at the Fort Collins recycling Center. Hagemans takes yard waste.

 

Next Team meeting – June 17, 2020 

 





 





Sub-Groups

Water Resources
Oil and Gas
Renewable Energy

The Water group  developed comments on the Northern Integrated Supply Project for the Larimer League to send to the Army Corps of Engineers. These comments were approved by the Administrative Team.  Now the group will focus on the issues and challenges involving water as the effects of global warming on weather patterns and precipitation become clearer. 
The group is developing a bibliography of books and materials on water issues. 
Bibliography of Water Issues in the West
The Oil and Gas group is focused on issues of oil and gas wells, fracking, its impacts, and its (potential) regulation.

The Renewable Energy group has developed and disseminated resource and contact information for all the providers of wind and solar power in Larimer County. You can download this Guide to Renewable Energy from the Documents File on this website.