• Petitioned Board of County Commissioners, Garfield County, Colorado

This petition was delivered to:

Board of County Commissioners, Garfield County, Colorado

Don't turn back the clock on oil shale!

    1. Petition by

      Frank Smith

The public’s business should be done in public. As a local elected official, your responsibility is to work on behalf of your constituents, not to advance the agenda of oil shale lobbyists and hatch plans in secret, closed-door meetings like the one recently held in Vernal, Utah. Oil shale speculation raises serious concerns and puts our water, our land, and our local economy at risk.

Therefore, we the undersigned request that you immediately:

1) End secret meetings where public business is discussed;

2) Rescind the oil shale resolution that backs an extreme plan to hand over 2 million acres of public lands to oil companies for oil shale speculation; and

3) Release all records pertaining to the meeting in Vernal, Utah that Uintah County officials have so far refused to release.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Local paper calls out Commission

      Frank Smith
      Petition Organizer

      The Glenwood Springs Post Independent recently encouraged their Garfield County Commission to nullify their questionable resolution supporting pedal-to-the-medal oil shale development in Western Colorado.

      What's oil shale? Think Alberta Tar Sands on the western slope of the Rockies, high plains of Wyoming, and red rock desert of Utah...


    Reasons for signing

    • Linda McBride GRAND JUNCTION, CO
      • about 2 years ago

      Studies of water useage for oil shale are necessary to determine the pros and cons of shale development.

      Secret meetings are against the "Sunshine Law".

      • about 2 years ago

      We only have one Earth. If we ruin it there is no recourse for ourselves, our children or even our childrens children. What we do with our Earth WE will have to pay the consequences for. It is time we begin to live with an interest not in our pocketbook but rather the future generations we borrow this Earth from!!

    • Annie Flynn CARBONDALE, CO
      • about 2 years ago

      I want protections for highest quality of air, water, habitat and life for citizens in this treasured environment.

    • Denise Laverty PAONIA, CO
      • about 2 years ago

      This is an important issue for me here in Delta County also, with these oil and gas companies impacting the lives of all the citizens living in these counties, without having a voice in how they are regulated.

    • Carol Pierce PAONIA, CO
      • about 2 years ago

      Due to the many hazardous materials, potential risk to air and water quality, and extent of water usage and infrastructure affected by fracking for gas I do believe it is very important for our representatives to keep us involved in the decisions regarding gas extraction in our country. The quality of the air we breathe and the water we use and drink are at risk.


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