Let’s protect people, planet Regarding the recent letter to the editor titled “Bill bad for kids”: Proposition 112 and SB-181 are two completely different things. Proposition 112 was about …
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Let’s protect people, planet
Regarding the recent letter to the editor titled “Bill bad for kids”:
Proposition 112 and SB-181 are two completely different things. Proposition 112 was about setbacks. SB-181 is about health and safety.
The taxes oil and gas pays for schools is offset by the taxpayer-funded road repairs from their trucks and the excessive water required for fracking (1.5 to 16 million gallons per frack).
Additionally, studies have connected a higher rate of asthma and cancer to the oil and gas industry and the public pays those health care costs. Add to that the plugging and capping of orphaned wells, of which there are at least 260 at the cost of $80,000 per well, for a total cost of $20.8 million. SB-181 doesn’t address the issue of capping old orphaned wells so the taxpayer will still be covering that expense.
We do not know where all the orphaned wells are located, which is how Erin Martinez lost her husband, brother and home in Firestone in the April 2017 explosion. She recently bought a new home.
She researched the home site with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to make certain there were no wells close by as she promised her children it would be safe. Only to discover one day, after moving in, that there was an oil and gas crew looking for an abandoned well, and they found it along her fence line.
Climate change is here now. Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and more severe. We have to stop the extraction and burning of fossil fuels to keep the warming of Earth to below 1.5 degrees Celsius, to keep Earth a livable planet.
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