Editor’s Note: The following address was given before the COGCC’s hearing on oil and gas setbacks. The public was limited to only two-minute presentations. The Oil and Gas Industry tried to prevent that, also.
Dr. Theo Colborn recently published her second peer reviewed study of Natural Gas Operations. Weekly air samples for over a year were taken 0.7 mile (that’s 3,696 feet) from a well pad in Garfield County. More than 50 airborne chemicals (some present in all samples) were detected – most known to have multiple health effects on humans when present in as little as parts per billion – 30 of those are known endocrine disruptors that particularly and profoundly affect children ….here is a copy for you.
I am here on behalf of 25,000 voting citizens of Longmont, who by their action on November 6th unequivocally told you the following:
- You have a mandate to oversee exploration and production of oil and gas in a manner consistent with the protection of public health and safety
- By your own admission neither the current nor proposed setbacks consider human health impacts — and you have not conducted or proposed a single such study
- Yet – Article 2, Section 3 of the Colorado Constitution guarantees all citizens “safety” as an inalienable right
- Therefore, until appropriate, objective, and adequate health impact studies are performed – no discussion of setbacks is valid or responsible…
- Without such studies – tinkering with setbacks here amounts to little more than a distraction from the real issue of health and appears a cynical attempt to dupe and sedate the public into believing that you have their best interest at heart.
- Until you give equal attention to the people’s health as you are mandated it will be necessary for we, the people, to take safety concerns into our own hands and protect ourselves as did Longmont….and as many more cities will surely do.
Until more study can be done, short of a moratorium, I suggest a starting point for setbacks at something more than the 3,696 feet that Dr. Colborn’s study shows to be serious health hazard.