Commerce City has drafted a Regional Operator Agreement with Extraction Oil & Gas, LLC for 11 heavy-industry sites with pipeline infrastructure for 254 horizontal wellbores fracked under our homes and schools and emitting toxic invisible gasses in a massive residential area with 30,000 men, women, children, and the elderly.
It was drafted well before any rulemaking could be done at the COGCC after Senate Bill 181 prioritized our health and safety first when regulating the industry. It was done while other counties and cities are declaring moratoriums on oil and gas operations. Let the City Council know that we deserve better than this, the fracking does not belong near homes or schools.
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It traps atmospheric heat 87 times more effectively than CO2, then it becomes CO2 itself.
A comprehensive new air quality report for the state of Colorado quantifies the sources of summertime ozone in Denver and the northern Front Range, revealing the extent to which motor vehicles and oil and gas operations are the two largest local contributors to the pollutant.
Fracking is significantly disturbing and changing the total environment including the systems of soil and rock (i.e., lithosphere), air and vapor (atmosphere), water (hydrosphere), life (biosphere), and human (Anthroposphere).
EPA found scientific evidence that hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources under some circumstances. The report identifies certain conditions under which impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities can be more frequent or severe:
Report published by the Concerned Health Professionals of New York - June 2019
Report published by the Concerned Health Professionals of New York- March 2018
PSR has summarized the health threats associated with methane in their report Too Dirty, Too Dangerous.
Study led by Colorado School of Public Health shows hazardous air pollutant levels measured along the Northern Front Range exceed levels that could affect health
Oil and gas (O&G) facilities emit air pollutants that are potentially a major health risk for nearby populations. he cancer risk estimate of 8.3 per 10 000 for populations living within 152 m of an O&G facility exceeded the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s 1 in 10 000 upper threshold. These findings indicate that state and federal regulatory policies may not be protective of health for populations residing near O&G facilities
Article from the Canadian Medical Association Journal - a review of chemicals released into air and water by fracking has identified 55 that may cause cancer, including 20 that have been shown to increase the risk of leukemia and lymphoma.
New energy practices may threaten public health.
Are pipeline safety regulations keeping pace with the flood of natural gas?
“We’ve got oil burning from an oil fracking truck,” one said, reading the operator’s name from a sign: “Extraction Oil. Extraction.” “I can see flames about 30 feet in the air, and smoke.”
Over the last thirty years, just under 9,000 significant pipeline-related incidents have taken place nationwide, according to data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
Homeowners, once they find out they don’t own the earth under their feet, are typically not pleased. Many worry about the potential health and environmental effects of fracking. Research has yet to resolve the fierce debate over whether the process leads to ground, air and drinking-water contamination.
Janet Damon lives in a Denver community where builder Oakwood Homes leased out the underlying mineral rights to Anadarko Energy. And though drilling has yet to occur, Damon says, the possibility alone “has caused so much anxiety for families living in this radius that people started having health issues, panic attacks, because they’re so concerned about their kids and families.” Anadarko said it has since assigned the lease to ConocoPhillips as a part of a larger transaction. ConocoPhillips confirmed that it holds the lease.
Insurers have warned that climate change could make cover for ordinary people unaffordable after the world’s largest reinsurance firm blamed global warming for $24bn of losses in the Californian wildfires.
Some of fracking’s biggest skeptics are on Wall Street. They argue that the industry’s financial foundation is unstable: Frackers haven’t proven that they can make money. “The industry has a very bad history of money going into it and never coming out,” says the hedge fund manager Jim Chanos, who founded one of the world’s largest short-selling hedge funds. The 60 biggest exploration and production firms are not generating enough cash from their operations to cover their operating and capital expenses. In aggregate, from mid-2012 to mid-2017, they had negative free cash flow of $9 billion per quarter.
The increase in seismic risk in these areas usually underscores the need for homeowners to consider purchasing earthquake insurance that covers damage from induced earthquakes. However, some earthquake policies carve out coverage for earthquakes not naturally occurring, such as earthquakes attributed to waste water injection from hydraulic fracturing activities. Furthermore, many policies have anti-concurrent causation provisions excluding coverage for damage if both a covered and uncovered peril occur, regardless of whether the predominate cause of the loss was a covered loss. This could mean insurers may deny losses for covered perils, such as a fire, if the fire resulted from an uncovered peril, such as an induced earthquake.