Western Colorado Congress (WCC) is an alliance for community action empowering people to protect and enhance their quality of life in Western Colorado since 1980. WCC members are currently working on a number of issues including local foods & agriculture, public lands management, and the impacts of developing oil & gas and uranium resources.

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BLM Public Hearing on new Methane Rules

March 1, 2016, 1:00pm

Holiday Inn Denver Lakewood, 7390 West Hampden, Lakewood, CO 80227

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) just released a draft rule aimed at curbing the wasteful practices of flaring, venting, and leaking natural gas on all public and tribal lands. In 2014, Colorado lead the nation by passing some of the strongest air quality rules for oil and gas in the in the country, and now is the chance for all Americans to receive the same protections. The BLM will host a series of public meetings on the proposed rules and will becoming do Denver on March 1st. We need your help to make these rules the strongest they can be! Allies from across the region are working to get folks to hese hearings to speak in support of the rules and want to help you get there. Sign up here if you want to go and we'll get in touch with more infomratoin: goo.gl/forms/kVc3LYdQDs The BLM is also asking people who plan to attend to RSVP no later than February 24 for March 1 to blm_wo_og_comments@blm.gov and specify which meeting you will be attending.

Posted 02/12/16

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More stories from the Living With Oil and Gas project. Read Kristi Morgen's story from Douglas, WY
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“My parents worked in the oilfield. My husband worked in the oilfield. We knew what oil drilling was like in the 80s and 90s. We just didn’t understand how different it would be, when the rigs came in this time.” Kristi Mogen Douglas, WY #livingwithoilandgas

Posted 02/11/16

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The Western Organization of Resource Councils just launched a new social media project called "Living with Oil and Gas" to document the personal stories of people and communities impacted by this industry.

WORC will be coming to CO soon to document stories from the West Slope, get in touch with us if you have a story to tell and would like to participate! #LivingwithOilandGas
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"My name is Donny Nelson. I've lived here in Keene all my life. I'm a fourth-generation farmer and rancher. We've had oil on our ranch since the fifties. Old wells, new wells...and of course when you talk wells, we're talking multi-well pads. I just...I have no idea how many wells are on our land. Many, many wells." Donny Nelson Keene, ND #livingwithoilandgas

Posted 02/04/16

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The BLM Methane Rule: What it Means for Western CO

February 24, 2016, 5:30pm

Clarion Inn Grand Junction

Citizens for Clean Air, Western Colorado Congress, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Conservation Colorado, and the Wilderness Society invite you to join us for a workshop training session on the recently released Bureau of Land Management's methane rule. Light refreshments will be served. The purpose of this workshop is to explain the substance and importance of the Bureau of Land Management’s recently proposed rule to reduce waste of natural gas from venting, flaring and leaks on our public lands. In addition, we will provide information on ways you can get involved and help with the effort to strengthen and adopt the rule, including attending and speaking at the BLM’s outreach meeting in Lakewood on March 1st, helping with communications work (op-eds, letters to the editor, etc.), and submitting formal comments on the rule. Please RSVP for this either through this FB post or by following this link & submitting your information: docs.google.com/forms/d/1IsDlpqWJ5kKz8IKDL6CWOiXDHUAnESbmTcFb7-NX2G4/viewform?usp=send_form Please contact Jim Ramey at The Wilderness Society or Emily Hornback with WCC with any questions. Jim: 303-957-9183 or jim_ramey@wilderness.org. Emily: 970-256-7650 or emily@wccongress.org

Posted 02/04/16


WCC hosts leadership training

¡El poder para el pueblo!

On January 30, Western Colorado Congress, the Hispanic Affairs Project and WORC sponsored a day-long training in Delta, Colorado, for new and emerging leaders on the principles of community organizing. A diverse group of 39 participants delved into topics such as campaign planning, base building and public speaking.

For the first time at a WORC training, interpreters provided Spanish-language interpretation with headsets for participants.IMG_8636_RPerez

An additional benefit of the Delta leadership training was the opportunity the participants had to learn about and support each other’s issues. Click here to read the full story.

Western Colorado Congress

134 North Sixth Street 
P.O. Box 1931
Grand Junction, CO 81502
(970) 256-7650 ph; (970) 245-0686 fax