While we may think drilling rigs are confined to rural Colorado, the fact is oil and gas companies are increasingly setting up operations in our communities – next to our schools, libraries, assisted living facilities and our homes. Oil and gas development in these populated areas creates harmful ozone levels.
Health impacts from ground level ozone include acute eye irritation, chest congestion, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath. Emissions from oil and gas operations can aggravate bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, and other cardiopulmonary diseases. Extended exposure can cause respiratory diseases (especially in children), premature death, allergic or immune effects in infants or children, and permanently scar lung tissue.
Increased air pollution impacts us all whether you live in a community with oil and gas operations nearby or not.
These mom stories inspired Colorado Moms Know Best to get together and do something proactive. First, we are starting on air pollution.
Join us and add your voice to the effort for better air quality standards in Colorado.