Colorado kids are back to school is oil and gas next door?
Find out if your kids are at risk for exposure to dangerous chemicals, see map and list of schools below.
Colorado is in the midst of an oil and gas boom
Since 2000, drilling for oil and gas in Colorado has more than doubled statewide to 50,500+ wells, and incredibly, on the Front Range drilling has nearly tripled to 12,000+ wells. Every one of these wells emit chemicals that harm our health. The chemicals – especially volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and methane – escape during the drilling process and also from tanks where oil and natural gas is stored and pipes that are used to move these fossil fuels. These emissions create ground level ozone which harms our public health. It’s simple, the more wells we have the more of these chemicals are put into the air we breathe.
The American Lung Association gives failing grades to seven Colorado counties in their recent State of the Air report. Most of those counties are along the Front Range and many other counties regularly experience harmful smog and ozone pollution.
Our air can’t handle more pollution – from any source – and we must do everything we can to make sure the air our children breathe won’t make them sick.
An ever growing and contributing source to air pollution in this state happens to be oil and gas drilling operations Since 2000, drilling for oil and gas in Colorado has more than doubled and drilling has nearly tripled (169 percent increase) over the previous decade on Colorado’s Front Range.
With that development we are seeing an increase in smog inducing air pollution around oil and gas sites many close to our neighborhoods, schools and playgrounds that emit chemicals that impact our families’ health.
This increase in oil and gas drilling has led to increased smog inducing ozone air pollution, which causes asthma and other health problems. These harmful chemicals escape during the drilling and production process from the web of pipelines, drilling stations, and storage tanks used in oil and gas operations. The leaky pipes and tanks create ground level ozone pollution which can cause health complications in both adults and children.
What is more, babies and children are more vulnerable to many of the associated health effects generated from oil and gas operations because their lungs are still developing, and rates of asthma are higher in children than in adults. Already in Colorado, approximately 1 out of 10 children have asthma.
We understand the Air Quality Control Commission and our Governor will soon be deciding how much pollution oil and gas operations can emit into our air.
As Moms we must raise our concerns and share our ideas with these decision makers and the media to ensure Colorado’s moms are heard.
Colorado Moms Know Best will ask the air commission and the Governor to stand strong and dramatically reduce lung-damaging ozone pollution and dangerous climate change emissions coming from oil and gas operations. It’s the right thing to do for our kids’ and our communities’ health and it’s the right thing to do for Colorado.
*Source: SkyTruth. (July 3, 2012). Accessed from: http://blog.skytruth.org/