Gov. John Hickenlooper has acknowledged that recent municipal votes imposing hydraulic fracturing bans in four Colorado cities demonstrate the health concerns of Colorado residents living in the midst of a record oil and gas drilling boom along the Front Range
Influenza killed five children in Colorado last year, and sent 1,530 others to the hospital. And, overall, fewer than 50 percent of the state’s residents were immunized. Public health officials are hoping more people roll up their sleeves or offer up their noses for vaccinations this year.
Colorado state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush says she plans to take up the issue of water contamination and greater setbacks for oil and gas wells from waterways. Also, Colorado Rep. Jared Polis is seeking a congressional hearing on the potential health impacts from oil and gas spills related to Colorado’s devastating floods.
Weld County in northeastern Colorado, one of the most drilled in the nation, was also among the hardest hit by this week’s historic floodwaters. State regulators and oil and gas industry workers are now scrambling to assess the damage and mitigate the health and environmental impacts
A former president of the Colorado Medical Society calls the current hydraulic fracturing boom in the state’s oil and gas industry an “experiment in motion” for the public at large – one that could lead to higher rates of cancer [&hellip