02 Apr “Fracking Here? Think About It!” on April 18th
Updated April 2, 2015 –
Citizens for a Healthy Community invites you to join us for “Fracking Here? Think About It!”–a half-day educational forum with expert speakers on Saturday, April 18th. The forum will be held from 1:30 to 5:00 pm at Hotchkiss High School (438 Bulldog St, Hotchkiss, CO 81419).
We’re excited to announce that the results from CHC’s baseline air sampling project will be presented at this forum! During late 2013 and the first half 2014, CHC collected baseline air samples from the Delta County region. We have been working hard with our partners at The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, also known as TEDX, to crunch the numbers and analyze the results. Come hear what our data revealed!
Hear from expert speakers, including researchers and impacted residents from Colorado to Wyoming. Confirmed speakers include:
John Fenton – John Fenton is a farmer and rancher from Pavillion Wyoming who has been living with ground water and air pollution, land use and other effects of the gas industry. John and his wife Catherine have 24 gas wells on their farm. In 2010 the EPA warned Pavillion residents not to drink the water and use a fan when bathing or washing clothes to avoid the risk of explosion, after it found the water contaminated with dangerous chemicals and methane caused by fracking for gas. Later the EPA was pressured to end their investigation.
Dr. Detlev Helmig – Dr. Helmig is a Fellow and Associate Research Professor at the University of Colorado’s Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research. His research includes peer-reviewed published journal articles on “Understanding high wintertime ozone pollution events in an oil- and natural gas-producing region of the western US” and “Influence of oil and gas emissions on ambient atmospheric non-methane hydrocarbons in residential areas of Northeastern Colorado.” Dr. Helmig received the Young Investigator Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1996.
Dr. Carol Kwiatkowski – Dr. Kwiatkowski is the Executive Director of TEDX and an Assistant Professor Adjunct at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Department of Integrative Physiology. She is responsible for developing the products and services, communication strategies and funding support necessary to carry out the TEDX mission. Prior to joining TEDX, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Kwiatkowski will present results from CHC’s air study and provide other information about public health concerns over modern-day oil and gas development.
Lisa Bracken – Lisa Bracken has researched and documented the impacts of on-shore natural gas extraction since 2002, when operations began in her rural neighborhood on West Divide Creek, Colorado. In 2004 the largest on-shore natural gas blow-out in the US occurred during a fracking operation on West Divide Creek and continues today – as chronicled on her website, www.journeyoftheforsaken.com. Amid continued drilling, a second seep occurred in 2008. Approximately 80 producing gas wells have now been drilled within a mile of Lisa’s home prompting her to strongly advocate for policies and practices which safeguard human health and the natural resources such as air, water and ecological biodiversity on which it depends.
Sara Barwinski – Sara Barwinski is a retired social worker living in Greeley, CO, 750 feet from a multi-well site. She has worked with Weld Air and Water, Frontier Parent’s Group, the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, the City of Greeley’s Planning Department, and oil and gas operators to raise issues and solve problems related to drilling in residential areas. Most recently, Sara was a member of Gov. Hickenlooper’s Oil & Gas Task Force, which was charged with studying the conflicts between drilling companies and residents as well as local governments and making recommendations to solve problems.