State and local voices

Leslie Robinson, Chair of the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, CO

Leslie Robinson has been living in Rifle for over 40 years and as a result, been exposed to oil and gas politics since the Oil Shale Boom and Bust in the 1980’s. In the late 1990’s, oil and gas exploration began in earnest and with fracking technology and Bush policies that opened vast areas in our public lands, experienced major negative impacts in air, water, wildlife and environment, human health, and quality of life. The natural gas bust has done nothing to stop this onslaught. Leslie is Chair of the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, which helps people fight the industry political and social machine. Her professional background includes being a journalist by trade and social services works such as director of local county United Way.

Denise Maes, DSM LLC, Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Colorado, CO

Denise Maes is a licensed attorney in Colorado. She has practiced law in major law firms in Denver where she represented oil and gas companies, developers and non-profit entities. She has represented clients before administrative and judicial tribunals. She has negotiated multi-party consent agreements that involved private and governmental entities and Native American Tribes. Denise is well versed in various federal environmental laws, including CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, and their state equivalents. (more…)

Cindy Copeland, Air Quality Specialist, CO

Cindy Copeland is an air quality specialist with over 16 years of experience in the field. She started her career in EPA Region 8’s Air Program as the Particulate Matter Program Manager. She received her MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado and worked for EDF before becoming a freelance environmental consultant. As a consultant, Cindy has worked for various environmental groups commenting on state and federal air quality plans and actions that affect air quality, such as oil and gas development. In 2011, she put together comments in response to EPA’s proposed oil and gas regulations, arguing that methane emissions can and should be regulated under federal rules. Cindy Copeland also sits on the Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Oil and Gas Committee.

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