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TELL THE NEW MEXICO OIL CONSERVATION COMMISSION: You want full and PUBLIC disclosure of chemicals used in fracking!
By Gwen Lachelt
November 12, 2011
Earthworks' Oil & Gas Accountability Project ACTION ALERT
Next week the New Mexico OCC will consider adopting a new rule requiring the oil and gas industry to disclose the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") operations.
Industry has proposed a very weak rule.
We have proposed a rule that would make New Mexico's disclosure one of the best in the nation.
PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN THIS HEARING and urge the OCC to adopt a strong rule!
By Gwen Lachelt
September 14, 2011
ConocoPhillips launches natural gas campaign
Two weeks ago Conoco-Phillips invited me to a "Community Leader Engagement Meeting" in Durango, Colorado.
Besides a couple of environmental leaders, the room was filled with elected officials, school administrators and business leaders all hungry for donations and new convention centers.
C-P is the largest company operating south of the state line in San Juan County, New Mexico. It's the fifth largest producer in La Plata County, Colorado.
Five minutes into the "engagement" it was clear that the C-P employees had no intention of sharing future drilling plans and what steps they were going to take to prevent and minimize impacts to protect public health and the environment. Instead, the meeting was about what a great corporate neighbor the company is and how much the company contributes to local schools and communities.