Letter to the editor: Support setbacks for oil, gas drilling

Posted 10/24/18

Support setbacks for oil, gas drilling Why support 112? It puts our families’ and kids’ health first, ahead of industry lies. Per independent university research, toxic risks from fracking …

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Letter to the editor: Support setbacks for oil, gas drilling

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Support setbacks for oil, gas drilling

Why support 112? It puts our families’ and kids’ health first, ahead of industry lies. Per independent university research, toxic risks from fracking include neurological, respiratory, hematological, and developmental health issues, a higher risk of cancer, babies born with neural tube defects and congenital heart defects, along with childhood leukemia; plus fires, explosions and blast evacuation zones.

Considering that this toxic, heavy industrial operation is rubber-stamped by the state, with no known examples of a permit application ever receiving a final denial, there must at least be appropriate buffer zones between those operations and our homes, schools, neighborhoods and families.

On jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (not the industry front groups in TV ads), the entire logging and mining sector in Colorado — which includes oil and gas extraction — employs about 30,000 people, 1% of our entire state labor force, and a far cry from the 200k-plus numbers used in some industry ads.

Modern fracking can drill out a mile and a half laterally underground. With 112, they will still be able to access many cubic miles of underground territory from each multi-well pad. A just-released Colorado School of Mines analysis found that, even if only using one-mile laterals, “42% of (Colorado’s) non-federal subsurface would (still) be accessible, or nearly three times the available surface area.” 

We shouldn’t have to accept fracking right next to our homes, schools, playgrounds, and neighborhoods. Please consider all the real facts carefully. I’m confident that, like me, you’ll support and vote for Proposition 112.

Harv Teitelbaum

Sierra Club Colorado, Oil and Gas Campaign

Colorado Rising, advisory board

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