***UPDATE: Even later that same day …
A magnificent hard rain fell for about a half hour around 6 p.m. Talk about an air cleansing. I’m feeling much better. Guess it wasn’t the flu after all. We have REALLY BAD AIR in Silt.
** UPDATE: Later that same day…
Shaun Kellerby from the COGCC’s Rifle office called me back this afternoon in response to my recorded complaint this morning. As I have said before, Shaun is very nice. He asked for more details. I repeated to him the information below in this post, adding that another Silt resident contacted me (on facebook) and said she saw the well flaring from her kitchen window several times last week around dusk.
Shaun said he will go up there and check it out. He added that it’s probably a gas flare. I said, “That may be, but there are also hydrogen sulfide emissions in that gas burn off.” No response. I asked him if he wears an H2S detector when he goes out to a well pad. He says “At all times.”
Ok, so there you go. Shaun will go up to Mineota Ridge and check out the well flare on that well pad. He will get back to me on Monday.
Around 11:00 a.m.
As far as I can tell, sometime during the week of August 12-19, a flare stack went up on Mineota Ridge (Mineota Ridge Estates is a rural residential subdivision). Daughter Ema can see it from her house near 16th Street in Silt. We haven’t been able to get a photo of it in full flare mode. Still working on that. We need a camera that takes night time photos. If anyone out there has any information or can get a photo please email me: email@example.com
Ema has seen the flaring several nights between 11:00 p.m. and midnight. I saw flaring between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22, but was heading up the Silt overpass at the time, so I couldn’t exactly hop out and take a photo.
Ema came down with a respiratory infection last week and she can’t shake it. My symptoms have been gradually worsening: nausea; headache; shortness of breath; numbness and tingling in fingers, hands, toes, and feet; upper respiratory congestion like severe allergy reaction (eyes, ear, nose and throat); nervousness; dizziness; inability to concentrate. Other family members are experiencing some of the same symptoms to varying degrees at different times of day. Symptoms are always the worst in the morning.
I called the COGCC complaint line this morning. I explained our symptoms and asked if they could get the company to close in that well flare. For one thing Mineota Estates is a residential area. For another, the flare is less than a mile as the crow flies from Silt, also a residential area,
If you would like to help put the pressure on COGCC and Bill Barrett to close in the well flare, please call the COGCC complaint line: 970-285-0322
This is urgent. Again – if you have any information at all to add to this please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m really cranky so please don’t contact me to argue about whether or not my symptoms, or my family members’ symptoms, are related to the well flare emissions. The issue is not how I feel. The issue is the well flare up on Mineota Ridge. Well flaring causes H2S (hydrogen sulfide) emissions. The flaring is occurring too close to a residential area and too close to Silt. They have the technology to close it in. If the well pad was inside Silt city limits they would be required to use a closed system.
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Here’s why our air quality is so bad, the BLM approved drilling permits without doing the required air quality studies: BLM plans new air quality studies for drilling