Colorado regulators confirm oil & gas health impacts

Earthworks calls for CO to pause oil and gas permits threatening homes, schools and public areas.

Pollution from the AKA Speer Unit, Weld County, CO Taken July 2019

Statement of Earthworks’ Energy Program Director Bruce Baizel on health study released by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment:

“Colorado regulators have finally confirmed what communities, Earthworks own staff in the field, and scientists — including the Colorado School of Public Health — have been asserting for years: oil and gas production near homes and communities puts human health at risk.

“The state of Colorado’s acknowledgment of this threat demands immediate action.

“Colorado regulators must, at a minimum, pause permitting for any drilling activity within 2000 feet of any home, school or public activity area. It must also begin to monitor comprehensively emissions from existing oil and gas production sites while it works to fully implement the reforms passed by the legislature last year.”

BACKGROUND

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has responded by mapping out key steps for action in response to these findings. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, however, has failed to announce to any immediate action.