Adams County Communities for Drilling Accountability NOW

November 12, 2015

NEWS RELEASE

Media Contacts: Jennifer Gamble, 720-334-0709, Board Member/Media Relations, Jennifer.gamble@oppowerllc.com
                                      Jacky Kowalsky, 303-775-0124, ACCDAN President, jkowalsky@accdan.org


Community Members to Join Forces in Assembly to Deliver Message

“Not in Anyone’s Backyard!”


November 12, 2015, THORNTON, CO – Adams County Communities for Drilling Accountability NOW (ACCDAN) is organizing a peaceful assembly of community members outside the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) public hearing on Monday, November 16, 2015. The assembly will take place at 12:30 p.m. near the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel, 1550 Court Place, Denver, CO 80202, during the scheduled break in public testimony. ACCDAN and multiple other community groups are extremely disappointed in the Draft Rules to Implement the Governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force Recommendation Nos. 17 and 20 issued by the COGCC in early October.
The “Not in Anyone’s Backyard” assembly will include statements to the news media as well as interactive elements illustrating the incompatibility of large-scale oil and gas facilities and Colorado neighborhoods. Colorado citizens, groups and news media are encouraged to participate in the peaceful assembly. More information as well as artwork for Do-It-Yourself “Not in Anyone’s Backyard” T-shirts is included at http://www.accdan.org/events.html
“ACCDAN is calling for Colorado communities to unite in a statewide solution that includes a minimum setback of 1,500 feet between large-scale oil and gas facilities and Colorado neighborhoods,” said ACCDAN President Jacky Kowalsky. “We believe that a minimum of 1500 feet is needed to protect our children and family members from potential fire and explosion hazards, emissions, and the spills and leaks that are a concern in the oil and gas industry."
In 2014, Colorado oil and gas development had more than 777 reported spills according to the COGCC website. “The impact of a spill, traffic accident involving fracking fluids or hazardous waste water, or an oil and gas fire or explosion in a residential neighborhood is potentially profound,” Kowalsky said. Overall, the oil and gas drilling industry contributed 823 oil and gas worker deaths (according to the Labor Department – EnergyWire: Thursday, October 23, 2014) from 2003 to 2010. Oil and gas workers are second only to the firefighters themselves in the number of fatalities caused by fire and explosions in the United States (EnergyWire: Monday, October 20, 2014).
ACCDAN’s focus includes Synergy’s 20-well industrial oil and gas well facility proposed for a site at 140th Avenue and Franklin Street in the middle of a residential neighborhood amid the City of Thornton. “ACCDAN firmly believes that large scale oil and gas facilities such as the one being proposed by Synergy for Wadley Farms do not belong in anyone’s backyard,” Kowalsky said.
ACCDAN encourages community members to attend the COGCC public hearings voice your concerns:
• Monday, November 16, 2015 from 9:10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (1-2 minutes each at discretion of the COGCC)

ACCDAN’s mission is to prevent the location of oil and gas developments near homes and neighborhoods in Adams County while still allowing for responsible extraction of oil and gas. ACCDAN was established on August 15, 2015, in response to Synergy’s proposal to drill 20 oil and gas wells at 140th Avenue and Franklin Street in the middle of a developed residential neighborhood known as Wadley Farms. In approximately six weeks, ACCDAN grew from a handful of members to more than 400 supporters. Synergy’s proposed 20-well site is located just 15 miles from downtown Denver and is surrounded on all four sides by the City of Thornton and the following neighboring communities: Hunters Glenn, Quail Valley, Fallbrook Farms, Cherrywood Park, Signal Creek, and York Crossing.


For information, find us at  www.accdan.org or contact the media contacts listed on news release.