Tag Archives: CDPHE

The great divorce: The People of Colorado v. the State

April 24, 2020

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By Phil Doe When I was a boy, my dad took me and my twin sister and brothers to see the demolition of the Omaha-Grant Smoke Stack in Globeville. At the time it was among the tallest smokestacks in the world. It stood 350 feet high, with brick walls 12 feet thick. It was said […]

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State levels record $18.25M fine for Firestone home explosion

April 13, 2020

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Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission approves $18.25 million penalty for Firestone tragedy April 17, 2020 is the 3-year commemoration The funds will be used for projects that will increase public protections Denver — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) today announced it has approved the $18.25 million penalty against Kerr-McGee, a subsidiary […]

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Report finds CDPHE fails to protect public health

March 13, 2020

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CO Senate leader to introduce Clean Up Colorado’s Air Act to provide funds so CDPHE can put public health ahead of oil & gas interests Denver — A new report reveals that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) does not fulfill its mission “to protect and improve the health of Colorado’s people” […]

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Bella Romero benzene levels higher than CDPHE reported

March 12, 2020

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New report reveals Bella Romero Academy exposed to unsafe levels of benzene from Extraction fracking and production State failed to adopt standard appropriate for schools and allowed numerous exceedances Denver, CO — Nonprofit organization 350 Colorado released a report on Wednesday, conducted by Barrett Engineering PLLC, revealing that benzene emissions at Bella Romero Academy in […]

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Air Pollution Control Division public meetings January 16-17

January 8, 2020

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Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Hydrofluorocarbons Emission Reduction As part of Colorado’s continued efforts to implement to Senate Bill 19-096, Senate Bill 19-181, House Bill 19-1261 and Senate Bill 19-236, the Air Pollution Control Division (the Division) is hosting public meetings on Thursday January 16 in Denver, and Friday January 17 in Glenwood Springs to engage […]

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Bella Romero mom sends benzene complaint letter to Polis

December 3, 2019

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Greeley, CO — Today, Greeley mother, Patricia Nelson, sent an open letter to Governor Polis and the director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission demanding a shut down of the 24 well pad, Extraction Oil and Gas operation just 1,200 feet from the front door of Bella Romero Academy. The demand is in […]

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High benzene levels detected at Bella Romero

November 25, 2019

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State to do further testing after elevated benzene measured at Bella Romero in Greeley Colorado health officials are planning more testing after the state’s air monitoring lab measured a benzene level above federal guidelines at a Greeley school. About 3:50 p.m. Nov. 5, the lab measured a benzene level of 10.24 parts per billion at […]

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AQCC hearing in Rifle December 10

November 25, 2019

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Save the date! Across Colorado, there are currently more than 50,000 active oil and gas wells. Every year thousands of leaks are identified and repaired, resulting in methane and other dangerous toxins polluting our air and water. Join 350 Roaring Fork and coalition partners on December 10 at the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) Hearing […]

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Polis administration complicit in disguising true health risks in CDPHE study

October 31, 2019

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By Phil Doe The Polis administration went into its finest Larry, Curly and Moe fire-drill routine last week. The cause of all the mindless helter skelter was the release of a CDPHE report first commissioned by former Governor John Hickenlooper on the potential for benzene poisoning in the fracking fields of Colorado. As many will […]

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Study exposes need for immediate action to protect public health

October 18, 2019

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This week the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) published the state-funded study, Human Health Risk Assessment for Oil & Gas Operations in Colorado, which was conducted by ICF International, an environmental and health consulting company. The study uses emissions data collected by Colorado State University from 2016, and earlier to estimate what […]

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