Over the last week, we have all been witness to the tragic floods that have befallen our state — many of our homes, businesses, schools — our livelihoods, have been severely damaged or destroyed. But, it’s not just our homes and farms and schools that have been affected, it’s also the oil and gas operations next door to them; as has been chronicled in the news, many pipes and storage tanks have been left submerged, broken, leaking. These tanks and pipelines are now leaking potentially dangerous fluids into our waters and air.
This disaster has only served to amplify the myriad of issues surrounding the maintenance and regulation of oil and gas wells in Colorado. The damage is still being assessed, but, wells have now been confirmed to be leaking into our rivers. In the end this affects not only our water, but also our air quality with wells being damaged and venting VOC’s – low level ozone – air pollution into our air.
The State is now tracking 10 spills and releases, 2 of them large: http://www.denverpost.com/environment/ci_24132296/oil-spill-along-st-vrain-river-near-platteville.
This disaster affects us all, to help please visit: HelpColoradoNow.org.