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This week: Fall 2016 Ballot Initiatives on Oil and Gas Development, including Fracking, by CREED with Tricia Olson and Razz Gormley
Tricia Olson, Executive Director of Coloradans Resisting Extreme Energy Development (CREED), and Razz Gormley, one of the heroes who hung from the St. Johns Bridge in Portland to stop Shell Oil drilling in the Arctic, will talk about CREED’s 2016 ballot initiatives to protect Coloradans from the negative impacts associated with hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). The presentation will explore the impacts of fracking operations, why ballot measures are the tools of choice for relief in Colorado, and what is in the proposed ballot initiatives.
Tricia Olson is the Executive Director of Coloradans Resisting Extreme Energy Development (CREED), a 501(c)(4) non-profit. Always interested in protecting the environment, she’s been active against harmful impacts of “fracking” and is on the Coloradans Against Fracking steering committee. Tricia served as Treasurer of the Boulder County Democratic Party (BCDP) for 5½ years and successfully promoted oil and gas-related BCDP resolutions, platform changes, and endorsements. Tricia had a major role in local ballot campaigns on fracking in five Colorado cities in 2012-2014, lobbied for a moratorium in Boulder County.
Razz Gormley is a Campaign Director and founding member of Frack Free Colorado. A committed grassroots activist, Razz played a major role in supporting most of the local ballot measures to defend our Front Range from runaway oil and gas development. He assists Colorado communities to protect themselves from harms of fracking, with a focus on non-violent community defense and grassroots movement building. Razz is also a member of the Coloradans Against Fracking steering committee, but is probably best known for his role as a climber in the #ShellNoPDX action, where he and 12 others rappelled from the St. John’s Bridge in Portland, OR and remained suspended for 40 hours in an attempt to block Shell’s ice-breaker from reaching a drill site in the pristine Chukchi Sea – an action which called global attention to the issue of Arctic drilling and led to a cancellation of all of the area’s oil and gas leases for the foreseeable future.