Protecting Our Communities and Public Lands from Fracking
Colorado is celebrated for its iconic mountains, sparkling rivers, clean air and healthy lifestyle. Our Denver-based team mobilizes local communities to protect everything that’s great about the Mountain State for generations to come.
Colorado has over 53,000 active fracking wells, making it one of the most fracked states in the country. Big Oil’s overwhelming political influence has prevented state regulators from implementing meaningful laws to protect our homes, health, air and water from fracking.
Over the past few years, Food & Water Watch has been proud to stand with our partners in several communities to enact local bans and moratoria against fracking. But in May 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled to overturn local bans and moratoria in Longmont and Fort Collins. This decision set a precedent that leaves municipalities unable to defend themselves as the oil & gas industry continues to encroach on homes, schools, parks, playgrounds and water sources.
In response to the CO Supreme Court decision, Food & Water Watch helped lead a months-long effort, along with hundreds of volunteers and partner organizations, to gather over 200,000 signatures to place initiatives on the statewide ballot that would ensure communities the right to protect themselves from fracking. Even though the initiatives did not make the 2016 ballot, we will continue to work with our partners to defend the right to live, work, and play in Colorado without having to suffer the devastating impacts of fracking and other dangerous oil drilling.
Colorado’s outdoors are exceptionally beautiful, but have been repeatedly targeted for fracking. Food & Water Watch works to pressure the Bureau of Land Management to stop the auctions of our public lands to the oil & gas industry for drilling and fracking. With our supporters and allies, we have protested at several auctions to ensure protection of these beautiful outdoor spaces for the benefit of the public – not the oil and gas industry.
Defending Our Food, Water and Democracy
Food & Water Watch built a strong coalition of diverse groups – including labor unions, faith groups, farmer’s alliances, businesses, and health organizations – to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This multi-national trade deal between the U.S. and almost a dozen Pacific Rim nations, would have prioritized private profits over human rights, and undermined critical regulations that protect the quality and safety of our food and water.
The Food & Water Watch Colorado team will continue efforts to defend our food, water and democracy, protect our communities from fracking and fight for a just transition away from dirty fossil fuels to a safe, renewable energy future.
- State Campaign
Don’t let the oil and gas industry frack away what makes Denver great.