ProPublica exposes GarCo’s public health problems

September 20, 2011

Garfield County, gas wells

First this –

Hot topic of hydrogen sulfide emissions creates cloud of controversy in gas patch

In the last paragraph COGCC Executive Director Dave Neslin magically predicts the outcome of their “investigation” in advance:

“We are continuing to investigate this matter,” Neslin said. “Our initial priority obviously is to look at current circumstances and to ensure that there were not significant risks to public health, safety and welfare, and I think we satisfied ourselves that there are not.”

Science Lags as Health Problems Emerge Near Gas Fields

Much of this in-depth article focuses on documented cases of serious health problems in Garfield County. This is not a pretty story. When juxtaposed with the current hydrogen sulfide issue, and the position of the COGCC, a long-standing policy of obfuscation and cover-up emerges.

Locally the biggest argument for natural gas drilling is the economic benefit. However this region enjoyed a healthy economy prior to the boom in gas drilling. Tourism, recreational sports, and big game hunting were thriving – not declining – industries here. In a recent letter to the editor, Fiona Lloyd (RSPN organizer) points outs he economic impacts of gas drilling on the big game hunting industry.

Oil and gas industry to blame for herd declines

And I keep asking, if gas drilling is so beneficial to our local economy why is this region in such a deep recession?

Read Fiona Lloyd’s guest post: Why the BLM draft plan matters to Silt Mesa


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