Who are we?
We are the Colorado Grassroots “What the Frack?” Commission: a fast growing and informal grassroots group concerned with issues related to fracking in Colorado.
You must be a water drinking, air-breathing, tax paying Coloradan, who looks forward to continuing to breathe clean air and drink clean water in Colorado, eat healthy Colorado grown food, and enjoy the great Colorado outdoors.
How do I become a “What the Frack?” Colorado Commissioner?
No appointment necessary. Show up. Stand up. See our website for events. Create your own event.
What do we want?
Basically, a decent and sustainable future for Colorado.
Water security for current and future Coloradans: Scientists tell us our semi-arid state is in for prolonged future drought and water shortages. Today’s seemingly unlimited fracking is using up our future water supply.
Clean water and clean air for Colorado citizens, livestock, crops, flora, and wildlife. Health and quality of life means no fracking close to Colorado towns, wildlife areas, tourist areas, farms/ranches, headwaters, waterways, and aquifers.
An end to the era of Frackers Gone Wild and the severely under-regulated and seemingly unlimited fracking now going on across Colorado.
Federal and state regulations that hold oil and gas companies accountable for cleanup costs, damages costs, remediation costs, road costs — so that individuals and taxpayers are not left holding the bag in case of spills, accidents, water contamination, etc. The oil and gas industry must be held accountable for environmental and health protections at the front end of their projects.
Oil and Gas policy guided by processes designed to maximize the common good for all of us, rather than profits for a few. This means a transparent process open to the public with core scientific input from: environmental scientists (specializing in air, water, soil and biological species), climate scientists (specializing in water, atmosphere, population needs, and mitigating climate change from global warming), and public health scientists (specializing in acute and long-term health and safety for humans and animals).
Policy that includes long-term planning for the future, specifically taking into account climate change, which is, according to the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, the largest challenge face by our country and planet, and subject to an irreversible tipping point unless a strong and informed energy policy emerges soon.
How can I participate effectively to work for needed changes?
This is all grassroots and depends solely upon you and me.
Check the website periodically to find out about new events or projects. If the site has petitions posted, circulate and/or link to them. Share what you find interesting with your friends and link to the site. Suggest events or projects via email or arrange to post your events and projects on the website. Share your personal experiences with fracking on our site.
Email us to arrange to post fracking news for your area of Colorado on the website, including links to YouTube postings from your community about fracking (especially video testimonies of people in your area who can talk about how they have been fracked by fracking). Email us interesting/helpful links or tools to post. Let us know if you’d like to be emailed about upcoming events.
Help promote awareness of changes needed through any and all media you are comfortable with (email, posters, twitters, Facebook, meeting, conversations, art shows, public poetry, music, flash mob happenings, etc.).
Get the word out in you community. Hold a meeting on the Other Side of Fracking. You could start by showing the documentary film “Gasland” in your home or local library and discussing it (but first go to the “Gasland” official website and read their reply to the feeble criticisms of the film by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, so that you will be familiar with that and can answer those criticisms). Other documentary films about fracking: “All Fracked Up” (and new hard-hitting film that shows hydro-fracking is an extreme technology used to obtain extreme energy), “Frack”, “Frack Attack”, “Split Estate”.
Follow Ghandi’s advice: get creative to “Be the change you wish to see in this world”.