Colorado Extraction Resistance
Rally and Direct Action Teach-in
Friday, March 22nd 5:30pm
Governor’s Mansion (400 E 8th Ave @Logan St. Denver, CO)
In solidarity with the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance week of action we are calling for a public denunciation of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for his ever increasingly obvious role as a spokesperson for the corrupt oil & gas industry. For far too long, Hickenlooper has misused his authority to force Colorado to allow the destructive practice of hydraulic fracturing which poisons our air, our water, our land, and our bodies. We will be converging on the Governor’s mansion to make it clear that he does not represent us, and that Colorado is ready to stand up to the toxic extraction industry. Bring signs, banners, puppets, chains, and u-locks for educational lockdown demonstrations) and of course fracking fluid!
Governor Hickenlooper’s track record makes it clear that he purposely denies climate science in order to act on behalf of the predatory industry interests instead of the citizens who elected him. He has threatened to sue any city or county in Colorado that bans fracking. He is also planning an upcoming visit to the Tar Sands in Canada on March 26th for “relationship building”. Our Governor has continuously shown us that he will allow Oil & Gas to plunder and pollute our state’s basic survival resources of water and air. What will it take to stop him and his corporate masters from turning Colorado into an industrial sacrifice zone?
We demand that Governor Hickenlooper enact an immediate ban on all
hydraulic fracturing operations in Colorado, and that all responsible
companies be forced to pay financial restitution to residents who have suffered damage to their health and property. Any jobs associated with fracking do not justify the staggering ecological destruction it brings; fracking has been proven to devastate the health of humans and animals near extraction sites while poisoning workers at the fracking pad itself. As citizens of Colorado it is not only our right but our duty to address this urgent threat to our environment and public health.
Colorado Extraction Resistance will defend the fracking bans recently passed in Longmont and Fort Collins and the moratorium planned in Lafayette.
Building statewide solidarity amongst fracking resisters, we will counter any attempt to intimidate residents into accepting the poison and lies of the oil & gas industry.
Facts about fracking that Hickenlooper refuses to acknowledge:
– Fracking spews endocrine disruptors into the air and water.
– Many chemicals used in fracking are classified as carcinogenic and hazardous air pollutants. Many of these chemicals, such as benzene, are routinely found in the air, water, and ground during and after fracking operations. Health effects associated with benzene include acute and chronic nonlymphocytic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, anemia, and other blood disorders and immunological effects.
– Fracking permanently depletes fresh groundwater vital to ecosystems & agriculture.
– The EPA is allowing fracking companies to inject toxic waste water directly into drinking water aquifers under Northern Colorado.
– Even at distances of 2,700 feet from a fracking well site, toxic chemicals were still detectable at levels that would increase the chance of developing cancer by 66 percent.
– Pets and livestock exposed to fracking byproducts in the air and water suffered neurological, reproductive and gastrointestinal disabilities.
– At a conservative estimate, the oil & gas industry owns at least 20% of land in Colorado through private and public leases for fracking operations. The industry has bought much of this land for as little as $2 an acre.
NO JOBS ON A DEAD PLANET!
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