A recent study shows that harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released into the air around natural gas wells and facilities can be blown by wind as deep as 6,000 feet.
Weld County has its share of wind.
A different study found that pregnant women and the elderly who live within 2,000 feet of oil and natural gas facilities are more prone to cancer. On a calm day, VOCs and ozone increase the risk to those who live or work nearby.
Many people in Greeley live within 2,000 feet of oil and gas wells.
Weld County commissioners seem to think industry is more important than the people they serve. Commissioner Josh Scott James wants to get rid of SB19-181. Colorado passed SB19-181 because our health and safety is at stake.
Currently, oil and natural gas companies can’t stop leaks, spills, or emissions, but they claim to capture 50 percent of emissions—if true, nowhere near where the capture should be. .
Veld city is currently an inaccessible area for ozone. Gasoline vehicles outnumber hybrid/electric vehicles and cause more ozone.
We cannot count on the oil and natural gas industry to be good neighbors. We can no longer count on commissioners to be good neighbors. The industry lobbies the US Congress to thwart clean energy solutions.
Gasoline prices remain high as oil and natural gas investors seek to cash in on those dollars. Drivers reject mass transit for private vehicles using expensive gasoline while complaining about its cost. Many taxpayers refuse to support high-speed rail for this reason.
If industry accounts for 99% of emissions, I’m all for Frack, Congress bans lobbying, local governments help us reduce ozone, and residents support clean energy.
Verley Square, Greeley