About Oil and Gas Accountability in Colorado

Colorado residents across economic and political lines are bearing a day-to-day burden of current and proposed oil and gas development. It is time to reframe the conversation around energy development in Colorado to include the voices of those impacted, as well as add protections for Colorado’s natural resources and wildlife.

Here are the organizations working on this project:

For over forty years, Western Colorado Alliance has been working to build and sustain healthy, just, and self-reliant communities throughout Western Colorado. Alliance volunteers lead the way on a broad spectrum of work, including promoting green energy, protecting public lands, increasing access to nutritious food, and holding fossil fuel producers accountable for their environmental impacts. Learn more at https://westerncoloradoalliance.org/

Colorado Sierra Club

The Colorado Sierra Club is a powerful collective of changemakers working together to advance climate solutions, act for justice, get outdoors, and protect our lands, water, air, and wildlife. We are an organization that believes in the power of people working together to make change happen. As the Colorado branch of the Sierra Club—the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the country—we’ve shaped how our more than 100,000 members and supporters across Colorado participate in local, state, and national advocacy and policy work.

League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans (LOGIC)

LOGIC was launched in 2016 by a group of impacted citizens and community organizations to bring an effective, coordinated voice to develop oil and gas policies that protect Colorado’s health, safety, and welfare, the environment, and wildlife resources. Our mission is to unite Coloradans living near existing and proposed oil and gas facilities and other concerned citizens to pass new energy development policies that prioritize public health and safety, and environmental protections. 

Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s climate, air, land, water, and communities through organizing, advocacy, and elections. Protecting our environment means preserving what we love about Colorado. Our stunning mountains, open vistas, and rushing rivers inspire us and connect us to the majesty of nature. For over 50 years, we’ve worked with communities statewide to ensure that our quality of life and our environment are protected. We work to elect pro-conservation leaders to public office and then hold our decision-makers accountable to move Colorado forward in protecting our environment.

Western Slope Conservation Center

The Western Slope Conservation Center (WSCC) is a 43-year-old grassroots organization based in Western Colorado. We began in 1977 when neighbors joined to stop coal mines from dumping tailings near the North Fork of the Gunnison River. Over the years, our work has broadened to meet the varied needs of our rural communities, but our programs remained centered on Public Lands Advocacy, Watershed Stewardship, and Community Engagement. Our mission is to build an active and aware community to protect and enhance the lands, air, water, and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison Watershed.

Earthworks

Earthworks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions. Earthworks was formed by the merger of the Mineral Policy Center and Oil & Gas Accountability Project (OGAP) in 2005. Earthworks partners with local affected communities, national and international advocates to respond to and solve the growing threats to the earth’s natural resources, clean water, biodiversity, special places and communities from irresponsible mining, drilling, and digging. Our roots in Colorado run deep, starting with the founding of OGAP in Durango, CO in 1999 and continuing to the present day with our community-centered fieldwork exposing and documenting oil and gas pollution across the state.

Rocky Mountain Wild works to protect, connect, and restore wildlife and wild lands in the Southern Rocky Mountain region. Rocky Mountain Wild works with a coalition of organizations across the Rocky Mountain West that monitors oil and gas development in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Rocky Mountain Wild works to stop development that would harm wildlife and wild lands and has been directly involved in the deferral of over 2.5 million acres of public land from oil and gas leases.

Dirt road with weeds and an oil derrick to the side of a green meadow with suburban homes in the background
An oil derrick with suburban homes in the background, courtesy of Earthworks