Dear Governor Hickenlooper
A collection of short films directed by
concerned citizens about why fracking
must be stopped in the state of Colorado.
Dear Governor Hickenlooper
Each film—documentary, horror movie or love story— conveys to the Governor a simple message:
THIS IS MY COLORADO.
Colorado has a choice.
One option will cost us dearly.
The other could preserve the state we love while
ensuring improved human health and economy.
People living within a ½ mile of a fracking site have a significantly higher chance of getting cancer.
- Colorado School of Public Health
Real estate values near fracking sites have seen a 25-50% decline in value.
- University of Denver
Each well uses up to 8 million gallons of water, and that water is permanently removed from the water cycle.
- Dr. Ingraffea, Cornell University
The renewable energy industry provides more than 3 times the jobs of oil and gas.
- UC Berkeley’s Energy & Resources Group and Goldman School of Public Policy
There are 52,000 active wells in Colorado with 3,000-4,000 being permitted each year. You do the math!
Want To Do Something About This? Here’s What You Can Do!
Five Colorado communities have banned or put moratoria on fracking since 2012. Governor Hickenlooper has joined a Colorado Oil and Gas Association law suit against these communities to overturn these democratic decisions.
ABOUT THE FILM
Inspired by Jon Bowermaster’s film, Dear Governor Cuomo, Dear Governor Hickenlooper is a labor of love directed by Stash Wislocki and co-produced by Mountainfilm Festival Director, David Holbrooke, and founder of Frack Free Colorado, Allison Wolff. In contrast to Dear Governor Cuomo, a film about celebrities’ efforts to rally the New York public to keep NY’s fracking moratorium in place, Dear Governor Hickenlooper is a collection of short films made by seasoned and budding filmmakers, all of whom are concerned about Colorado’s future.
The film introduces audiences to Aaron Milton, an ex-gas worker turned whistle blower; Cornell’s Professor of Engineering, Anthony Ingraffea, who sheds new light on gas well failures; Dr. Theo Colborn on how fracking affects our children’s health; a family whose dreams are broken when the gas company moves in next door; and Stanford’s Mark Jacobson who has 50 plans for 50 states to move to renewable energy within 20 years. Shane Davis, AKA “The Fractivist”, is Dear Governor Hickenlooper’s protagonist, taking the audience from one story to the next while elucidating well site visits and statistics from the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission’s own accident data.
The film ultimately asks the question: why permanently poison our air and water, and damage our health, with fracked gas when we could be powered, today, by 100% renewable energy?
While Coloradans Pay the Price with Our Health and Environment …
50% of the shale gas in Colorado will be exported to the highest global bidder.
As our estimated 30-year supply runs dry, prices in the US will rise as our clean,
drinkable water diminishes. The only winners will be the gas companies.
"Up to 9% of methane produced from fracking seeps into the atmosphere. Methane is 100x more potent as a greenhouse gas than C02, over the next 20 years."− Dr. Ingraffea, Dwight C Baum Professor of Engineering at Cornell University
"Ground level ozone in some rural places, where there is fracking, is worse than ozone levels in downtown LA. "− Wyoming Department of Health
"A gag order in the state of Colorado prevents your doctor from informing you if you have fracking fluids in your blood, making it much harder for you to get well. "− COGCC, cogcc.state.co.us/forms/pdf_forms/form35.pdf
"More than 5000 spills have been registered with COGCC (CO State website) and approximately 43% have contaminated groundwater."− COGCC Website
Other Facts the Natural Gas Industry Does Not Like to Talk About
Can your property get fracked?
86% of Coloradans don’t own the mineral rights under their land.
- Split Estate 2009 film
52,000 wells, but only 17 inspectors in Colorado
Each inspector would have to visit 3,058 well pads per year. That’s not possible.
- The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
320 Days of Sun
Colorado has 8X the solar potential of cloudy Germany, yet Germany has 3X more clean power than Colorado today.
- New York Times
Five Colorado communities have banned or put moratoria in place on fracking. These initiatives and other protective efforts were led by busy Colorado moms working to protect their children’s health.
The campaigns were outspent by the gas industry on average by more than $30 to $1 but the people prevailed!
More info coming soon…
Special thanks to …
our sponsors Patagonia and Osprey, MountainFilm for premiering the film,
and Indiegogo for the public platform to fund this film, along with everyone who donated.
Mark Steele, for designing this awesome website
Stephen Billings, Hans Cole, Lisa Pike and the rest of the Patagonia team | Gareth Martin, Osprey
Casey and Tara Sheahan | Russell Mendell | Sam Schabacker, Food & Water Watch
Protect Our Colorado | Frack Free Colorado | Food & Water Watch | Citizens for a Healthy Fort Collins
Our Loveland | Our Longmont | BoCoCCR | Frack Free Fort Collins | Our Broomfield
Citizens for a Healthy Community | East Boulder County United