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Lafayette Community Forum (1/14/18 2:00pm - 4:00pm)

  • East Simpson Coffee Company 414 East Simpson Street Lafayette, CO, 80026 United States (map)

Join East Boulder County United for a community forum with panelists Phil Doe, Wes Wilson, John Hughes and Paula Oransky in which we will introduce the process, dangers and legal topography of fracking. This event serves to provide basic foundational knowledge around fracking as well as options for joining efforts to protect the local area.


Dr. John Hughes, D.O. practices osteopathic, integrative, and regenerative medicine. His clinic, Aspen Integrative Medicine, Inc. provides the latest innovations in modern and natural medical care in Aspen and Basalt Colorado. Dr. Hughes graduated from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007 and trained in family practice at the University of Arizona. He specializes in integrative medicine, sports medicine, injection therapy, and osteopathic manual medicine. In 2012, Dr. Hughes researched patients who lived near natural gas wells in Erie, Colorado and Carbondale, Colorado and found that the Erie patients who lived closest to the wells and BTEX burners possessed significantly high levels of the toxin ethylbenzene in their blood and urine. Dr. Hughes' case report of patients living near natural gas wells in Erie, Colorado has been discussed by the Colorado State Legislature and reported to the pubic by Denver Channel 7 News, the Aspen Times, and other Colorado newspapers. Dr. Hughes has been invited to speak to several organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Osteopathic Medical Foundation, about the topic of VOCs effluents affecting human patients living near Colorado natural gas wells.

Wes Wilson was a senior environmental engineer in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Denver office in charge of analysis of federal projects. He participated in EPA’s veto over Denver’s Two Forks Dam, Congressional action to prevent gold mining near Yellowstone National Park, and EPA’s analysis of the impacts of coal bed methane production. He was a whistleblower to Congress in 2004 on EPA’s failure to properly analyze the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracking, which led to his appearance on the documentary films Gasland by Josh Fox and SplitcEstate by Deborah Anderson. He is a board member of four grassroots organizations informing policy makers and the public on to the climate change and health impacts of fracking for oil and gas. These are non-profit organizations in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania. He is Science Advisor for Be the Change, and works with Phil Doe on public education and outreach regarding climate change and fracking. He is a graduate of University of Arizona, where he received a bachelors degree in Geological Engineering and a masters degree in Water Resource Management.

Phil Doe has been fighting for Colorado’s water for most of his adult life. He served as Bureau Chief and Environmental Compliance Officer for the Bureau of Reclamation in the Department of Interior and was featured as a whistleblower on 60 Minutes. He has published op-ed features in Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Colorado Central Magazine, and Counterpunch. His past grassroots efforts opposed the Animas-La Plata water project in southwest Colorado. He is a registered citizen lobbyist at the State Capitol and testifies at the federal and state legislative level on natural resource issues. He serves on the board of the grassroots group, Be the Change, and directs their environmental issues program, with a current focus on horizontal hydrofracking.

Paula Oransky is an Erie, CO resident and parent whose family has experienced the harms of oil and gas industry at close range. She is a founding and active member of the Erie Protectors, a group which informs the community about oil and gas activities and organizes residents to protect the town from its adverse effects.