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:

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.

Watch the full film now on our web site.



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!

Show the Film

Contact us to organize a screening.

Sign the Petition

Tell Gov. Hickenlooper to withdraw the lawsuits on the five communities that stopped fracking.

Protect Your Community

Learn how to protect your community and the state from the dangers of fracking.

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.


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.

The Short Films of Dear Governor Hickenlooper

Fracking 101

Cornell’s professor of engineering, Anthony Ingraffea, gives us a lesson.

Project Boom, by Scott Upshur

The lengths that we will go to extract fossil fuels.

Dr. Theo Colburn, by Suzanne Beraza

The Doctor on fracking’s devastating impacts on our children.

Mark Jacobson: A Clean Energy Plan for Colorado, by Micro-Documentaries

Dr. Jacobson’s plan to move all 50 states to renewable energy within 20 years.

Alison Gannett, A Moveshake Story, by Alexandria Bombach

One woman’s plight to save her farm.

Solar Stride, by Jeff Orlowski

A thriving solar entrepreneur on leveling the energy playing field and the promise of renewable energy.

The Fractivist, by Deia Schlosberg & Danny Schmidt

An ex-marketing executive fights fracking using the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission’s own information.

United Divided, by Pete McBride

Saving Colorado’s wild places.

White Earth, by J. Christian Jenson

Two kids watch the destruction of their home town as the gas industry booms.

"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. "


"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

We could be powered, today, by 100% renewable energy.

Learn about The Solutions Project’s 50 plans for 50 states to be completely powered by renewable energy within 20 years.

- Solutions Project

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

The Moms Behind the Movement ...

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