Time to put safety first As a mother to a four-year-old, a pregnant woman and an oil and gas impacted citizen, I am deeply concerned about neighborhood fracking. In Adams County alone, there are …
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Time to put safety first
As a mother to a four-year-old, a pregnant woman and an oil and gas impacted citizen, I am deeply concerned about neighborhood fracking.
In Adams County alone, there are almost 700 proposed wells on 35 sites.
Of those, 34 sites are located in urban areas, next to homes and schools. Several of them are near my suburban home.
And we’re not alone. The same thing is happening in Commerce City, Broomfield, Aurora, Larimer County, and Erie. There are currently 5,000 new oil and gas wells proposed along the I-25 corridor.
Colorado families are worried. Peer-reviewed, scientific studies indicate that oil and gas development has a negative impact on health. Pregnant women living near fracking sites have an increased risk of miscarriage and stillbirth and their newborn babies have an increased risk of poor birth outcomes such as birth defects and preterm birth. Older children have an increased risk of cancer, hematological issues, respiratory issues, and cardiovascular issues.
This is the air we breathe every day, and it is toxic. This heavy industrial activity does not belong near our homes and schools.
Protecting my children is the most important thing I will ever do and their health and safety is threatened by the encroachment of oil and gas into our neighborhood. I am calling on my leaders at the Capitol to take meaningful action now. They have the power to change the outdated laws that put my children at risk.
It’s time to put health and safety first.
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