Economic & Social Justice

Friday Fracking Protest in Greeley, CO

May 11th, 2012 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Fort Collins | Fracking Friday Protest

Friday finds us in Greeley once again. We packed up the “V” with our Fort Collins friends and headed off to help support the Friday Fracking Protestors. Brandi and Tino worked hard on the banner (initially intended to be dropped but technical difficulties prevailed) which adorned the protest. Brandi also made a cool Mother Earth costume and stand up cardboard house to remind everyone that the earth is fragile and fracking goes against everything we know to be right. Pushing chemicals into the earth and thinking it does no harm is ludicrous! Fracking companies are not obligated to report the chemicals they use until after the fracking has begun, nor are they monitored by the EPA. That’s right…free reign to do as they please. There are 18,000 wells in Weld County alone. Over 50,000 State wide. You think there would have been thousands out protesting today. What is going on with people that they allow their backyards to be polluted and destabilized yet do nothing? We hope that Greeley folks get educated and start to support their follow protestors who do get it. To all the Greeley protestors we say “Keep up the good work”. It’s people like you who keep those offenders in check. Someone has to watch out! (read full article)

Occupiers protest fracking near Ranchers Exploration Partners in Greeley
By Meagan Birely
Friday, May 11, 2012

Occupiers from Greeley, Fort Collins and Denver gathered at the corner of 4th Street and 71st Avenue to protest hydraulic fracturing, which involves blasting water, sand and chemicals into rock formations to free oil and natural gas, down the street from Ranchers Exploration Partners.

The company was given a cease-and-desist order April 27 in connection with its drilling at a landfill in Windsor. The order stated that Ranchers’ drilling through the landfill and base layers had the potential to cause groundwater contamination. The Greeley office was closed Friday with a note on the door that said workers would return Monday.

“I’d like to think we had something to do with that,” said protester Ron Peterson of Greeley. “I’m not an expert by any means on fracking but it doesn’t make sense to drill in a landfill. We’re here to let the company know that we know what they are up to.”

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