This team of 12 to 15 people has three sub-groups: water; renewable energy; and oil and gas. 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 climate change, water, fracking, air quality, land use, transportation, agriculture, and biosphere matters.
The team has developed information and resource guides for the public on local and regional alternative energy sources and energy saving incentives and a bibliography on water issues.
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
Summary: April 17 2019 Environmental Action Team Meeting
We had an update about the Earth Force Program Rocky Mountain Challenge https://earthforce.org/ for middle school students. Students problem solved an environmental issue. The event was well organized. The League had a table at the event and great interactions with attendees making for a good outreach opportunity. Commissioner Kefalas attended.
Oil and Gas
SB 181 signed by the Governor. There are already petitions to repeal the legislation and for recalls of various legislators and the Governor.
Oil and gas operations are allowed to operate for 90 days without the federally required permits to limit emissions. Wild Earth Guardians plans a law suit on behalf of Coloradans. https://www.denverpost.com/2019/04/07/colorado-oil-gas-air-pollution/
Larimer County Commissioners are taking applications for an Oil and Gas Task Force which will hold a series of meetings into November to advise the Commissioners on oil and gas regulations for the County. Due date for apps is April 22. https://www.larimer.org/planning/oil-and-gas-task-force
Six-month moratorium requested by community members was not agreed to by commissioners citing the opinion of the County’s attorney but there is no written opinion provided.
Snow pack average is above normal this year. The front range snow totals are down by 17 inches.
Save the Poudre showing film about Washington State dam tonight, titled A River Between Us. http://www.ariverbetweenus.com/story/
Thornton plans to sue Larimer County because of Commissioners’ denial of the Thornton Pipeline.
April 16, Fort Collins City Council approved the wasteshed IGA, flow control for construction and demolition debris – required to go to Larimer new Landfill for 10 year.
Discussion of recycling in Larimer County. There is a problem of recycling mixed with trash at the Timberline recycling center. At a presentation in March, Scott Denning stated that the US cannot recycle ourselves out of the plastic problem.
Lots of updates.
Link to John Sanderson’s presentation for the League: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLOp87BqeNA&t=310s
Save The Poudre Spring Party and Movie Night! -- Wednesday, April 17
EAT members will receive information about a presentation planned at the Fort Collins Senior Center on April 25, titled At Our Fingertips, a conversation on Data and Democracy.
Air Quality and Health Symposium May 9, 8 am to 4:30 pm at Anschutz Medical Center. More info and RSVP here https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/aqcc-meeting-materials-may-9-2019
The South Larimer County Group sponsored a presentation by John Strayer, retired CSU professor and the CFO of the Thompson School District regarding TABOR and Gallagher.
Next Team Meeting: May 15, 2019
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.