Fracking

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Tlaloc, Aztec god of agriculture and groundwater, says no to fracking (Mexico street-art)

The future of all life depends on our mindful steps.

The current moratorium on fracking in Boulder county has expired on May 1st. Unless we use our spiritual practice in an organized way to compassionately put our local and state governments as well as oil and gas industry on notice, Boulder county will soon be dotted with fracking wells. We are told to expect 1800-2400 fracking wells in our county in next few months. There are drilling proposals of 20 to 40 wells per site near residential neighborhoods, schools, parks, and recreational areas up and down the Front Range. They will bring enormous traffic congestion, noise, air, drinking water and soil pollution. Isn’t it time for us to begin our dharma-practice to protect local ecosystems, human and wildlife from fracking?  It is our responsibility to ensure that the world-class environment we have worked hard to protect and preserve is maintained.

Please see here for our summary of health, environmental and climate impacts of fracking. We also detail a brief summary of historical and legal aspects of fracking in the state on this page.

For various actions you can take to put local and state governments as well as media and oil and gas industry on notice, please see the second half of this webpage. We encourage you to act or commit to act with clarity and compassion, to systematically train yourself to act and then recruit new friends and neighbors to act with you.

(We endorse non-cooperation and non-violent direct action (civil disobedience or “satyagraha”) only when it is rooted in self-transformation and non-duality and is a form of prayer/meditation). 

 

 

Affiliate, Commit, Recruit and train resources

— Boulder Ecodharma Sangha’s notes, action-items, interviews and resources circulated after our meeting.
FrackFree Co – A coalition of grassroot organizations working to keep Colorado frack-free.
East Boulder County United – A local group working toward Climate Bill of Rights and legalization of Direct Action
CoRising: Coloradans uniting for health & safety over fracking
— Woodbine Ecology Center & Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center : Periodic non-violent direct action trainings
— Colorado Senators, Representatives, and Congressional District Maps 

Social media resources

Boulder Ecodharma Sangha Facebook page
East Boulder County United
Suede light brigade
— Frackfree CO Facebook 

Learn more

Impact of Oil and gas operations on babies’s health
Boulder County Oil & Gas Development Website – Contains information about Colorado Attorney General lawsuit against Boulder County
Youth case against the COGCC in court, again – Boulder Weekly
Watch Oil and Gas Wells Spread Across Colorado (1992-2013) – CPR
Chasing Methane with Mark Bittman – Years of Living Dangerously Episode featuring Colorado Front Range