The future of all life depends on our mindful steps.
The voter-approved moratorium on fracking in Boulder county expired on May 1, 2017. Unless we use our spiritual force in an organized way to compassionately but fiercely 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. In addition to primal basic safety concerns raised by the recent tragedy in Firestone where a home was blown apart due to leaking fracked gas, they will bring enormous traffic congestion, noise, air, drinking water and soil pollution. Isn’t it time for us to use our faith and dharma-practice to protect local ecosystems, human and wildlife from fracking? It is our responsibility to ensure that the world-class local environment we have worked hard to protect and preserve is maintained.
Find our summary of health, environmental and climate impacts of fracking here. We also cover 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 page. 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 invite all faith based organizations to work with us to steward our county away from fracking. For our press release announcing our ongoing “Meditate the frack out of Boulder” events, please visit this page. For details of our these free, public and ongoing “Meditate the frack out of Boulder” events, please visit this page.
(We endorse non-cooperation and non-violent direct action (civil disobedience or “satyagraha”) only when it is rooted in self-transformation, fierce compassion for self and others as well as non-duality. Non-violent direct action should be a form of our prayer/meditation).
Meditate, Affiliate, Commit/Recruit and Train resources
— Three pillars of spiritually rooted activism
— 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
— Why do we need friendships & communities for movement building?
— Impact of Oil and gas operations on babies’s health
— “List of the harmed” gives over 1000 incidents of families that have been harmed by fracking from around the country.
— 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
Meditate the Frack out of Boulder, Boulder County Courthouse & Pearl Street – May 1, 2017