Westword Article puts the “Fracking Boom” Impacts in Context

A recent article from the Westword magazine by Chase Woodruff looks not only at the most recent study released by the CDPHE but also takes into consideration three important overarching realities about the impacts of industrial-scale oil and gas development that many Broomfield residents have in our neighborhoods:

  1. “Modern drilling technologies have led to much greater impacts.
  2. Residents near Colorado drilling sites have reported health impacts for years.
  3. Hundreds of studies have found links between oil and gas development and health and environmental risks. “

The article reviews several local residents’ documented complaints made to the state agencies. It also explores the fact that there are hundreds if not thousands of outside studies that tie health impacts to industrial oil and gas development.

In March, residents of Broomfield met with the City and County of Broomfield (CCOB) to discuss the HAZID “risk analysis” report provided by DNV-GL. A main takeaway of the evening was questioning by residents that pointed out the report’s lack of focus on health and safety of residents surrounding these megapads. Impacts on health and safety were not considered when creating the report and NOT outlined in the “serious risk scenarios” despite the fact that hundreds of local residents have now made complaints on the local and state level related to the Livingston pad specifically. Many residents questioned even before this development started whether health impacts were part of the decision matrix in allowing the development to be permitted. With Broomfield’s 301 charter that prioritizes health and safety of residents above industrial activities, these studies, new and old, continue the conversation about whether these industrial activities are safe so close to schools, homes, recreation spaces, and drinking water sources.