If we do nothing, Boulder County residents and our land, water and air will be threatened with exposure to the hundreds of toxic chemicals that are used in the hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” fluid to break apart rock and release “natural gas” (methane). The chemicals include known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors that, even in small amounts, when released in emissions or spills, can damage the human immune, respiratory, neurological and reproductive systems—with children, pregnant women and elders being the most vulnerable. In addition, methane is a potent greenhouse gas, and with 3-9% of methane reported to leak from fracking wellheads, it is contributing significantly to climate change.

TAKE ACTION:  Contact the County Commissioners @ commissioners@bouldercounty.org to ask for a multi-year moratorium on fracking until we have results of neutral health impact research such as the National Science Foundation study due in 2018.  Before issuing any oil and gas drilling permits, we need to first know the public safety impacts of hydraulic fracturing.

A multi-year moratorium based on the need for health impact studies on fracking would allow time for the results of medical and scientific studies now in the works to be finalized, including a 5-year $12 million study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) being coordinated by the University of Colorado at Boulder, an EPA study on “Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources,” and a multi-year study by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment with Colorado State University.

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