* Stop natural gas venting (including methane)* Use capture technologies on storage tanks* Disclose chemical emissions* Use state of the art infrared cameras to detect leaks and repair drilling leaks quickly
It was a packed house this morning at the Air Quality Control Commission’s (AQCC) final monthly meeting prior to releasing its highly anticipated air quality regulations. Already 1 out of every 10 kids in Colorado have asthma and a report released today by the World Health Organization named air pollution as “a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths” so it’s imperative that the AQCC set high air quality standards so the air our families breathe won’t make them sick.
We at Colorado Moms Know Best (CMKB) were very proud of our very own Andrea Roy who spoke eloquently about the need for the Commission and the Governor to reinforce the public’s faith that the state values and protects the health of all Coloradoans by enacting common-sense standards.
— ConservationColorado (@ConservationCO) October 17, 2013
Along with CMKB, representatives from a number of different organizations, as well as everyday citizens, spoke about the need for the commission to enact strong air-quality standards. The speakers included a doctor from National Jewish Hospital in Denver who spoke of the vast negative health effects of oil and gas emissions; a pastor who spoke on behalf of his many parishioners asking the AQCC to protect our State’s water and air, and several moms who spoke passionately on behalf of protecting the health of Colorado’s children. It was clear from the diversity of speakers that Coloradoans are serious about wanting their government to protect the health of its citizens as well as the beauty of our state.
We at CMKB are hopeful that the AQCC will indeed protect the health of our children and families by standing strong and creating air quality standards which dramatically reduce lung-damaging ozone pollution and dangerous climate change emissions coming from oil and gas operations. This is a critical time, the AQCC is expected to release its draft rules prior to its next meeting in late November, so if you’re concerned about the effect of these emissions on your family’s health please join the 8,000 plus moms who have already signed our letter to Governor Hickenlooper.
- Detect and repair drilling leaks
- Stop natural gas venting
- Use capture technologies on storage tanks
- Disclose chemical emissions
I am happy to report that our postponed meeting (due to the tragic flooding) has been rescheduled and we will be meeting with the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment along with the Director of the Governor’s Policy office and the Director of Environmental Programs this coming Tuesday. As I mentioned in a previous post, we will take this opportunity to learn more about the current state of decision-making and to underscore the importance of Colorado’s leaders doing everything they can to reduce smog inducing air emissions from oil and gas operations in order to safeguard our family’s health. This is a great first step for CMKB, however, we are adamant that we want to hear directly from the Governor regarding his commitment to, and support for, our kid’s and communities’ health.
In other news, the Governor’s Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) is once again set to hold public meetings relating to their on-going efforts to formulate new air quality standards concerning Oil and Gas operations in Colorado.
The meeting is set for October 17th from 9-11am in Denver and CMKB will be there to lend voice to the thousands of moms who want common-sense standards in place to protect our kids and our state. If you are interested in coming, shoot me an email!
Finally the Denver Post recently wrote an editorial about the AQCC that said in no uncertain terms, “the air-quality rules need to be strict”: http://www.denverpost.com/editorials/ci_24142690/colorado-has-opportunity-air-quality-rules
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.
Wanted to share an update with you regarding our on-going efforts to schedule a meeting with the Governor to chat about our concerns and present him with our action letter. While we are still pushing for this meeting, we are happy to say we have been invited to meet with the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment along with the Director of the Governor’s Policy office and the Director of Environmental Programs. We will take this opportunity to learn more about the current state of decision-making and to underscore our mission that Colorado’s leaders are doing everything they can to reduce smog inducing air emissions from oil and gas operations in order to safeguard our family’s health. This is a great first step for CMKB, however, we are adamant that we want to hear directly from the Governor regarding his commitment to, and support for, our kid’s and communities’ health.
~ Head Mom of Colorado Moms Knows Best
Meet Andrea R., Mother of 2, living in Boulder County:
When I first moved to Erie I had no idea that I was moving to the middle of an oil field. I saw the condensate tanks and I really had no idea that they were related to oil and gas development. That is until I received an email from my neighbor about fracking site about 600 yards from my children’s’ school. I had not previously heard of hydraulic fracturing so I looked into it. What I found disturbed me; fresh water permanently taken from the Earths hydrologic cycle, laced with toxic, cancer causing chemicals; being injected into the ground. Not to mention the toxic wastewater that is produced and the pollution inducing emissions that leak from the tanks and pipes. I was appalled that this type of heavy industrial activity would be occurring a mere few hundred feet from people’s homes, schools and parks.
The Oil and Gas Industry are a major contributing factor to the diminished air quality along the Front Range. They are responsible for 30% of all methane emissions and in turn are responsible for the increase of lung damaging ozone along the Front Range. The industry needs to be held accountable for polluting our air and they need to institute some common sense measures to cut down on smog inducing pollution.
~ Andrea R.