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Recording of March 16 Webinar “Northern Colorado Air Quality”

Online even co-sponsored with Colorado Rising, featuring the following speakers:

Andrew Klooster, Colorado Field Advocate with Earthworks, is an expert videographer and a certified optical gas imaging thermographer. He has been working with local environmental groups in the Front Range for years, has documented many instances of VOC and methane pollution sources in the region, and is very familiar with the situations of many of the afflicted communities.

Dr Cory Carroll, MD, Physicians for Social Responsibility Colorado, will detail health impacts he has seen in his patients from being exposed to ozone, VOCs, and other dangerous air emissions, based on his professional experience with patients.

Dr. Detlev Helmig, CEO of BoulderAIR, will discuss findings from his continuous air quality monitoring study at 5 installations in the Front Range (Boulder, Longmont (2), Erie & Broomfield), which have identified quantity and source of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) contributing to the formation of ozone along the Front Range. Many of these VOCs are toxic and can traced directly to oil and gas operations in the region.

See this link to a YouTube recording of the webinar, which was a resounding success: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfuViYOE940

Sign on to our petition calling on the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County to establish comprehensive 2/7 real-time air quality monitoring: https://secure.ngpvan.com/7UocbEb5yE–XV1viRSpNQ2https://secure.ngpvan.com/7UocbEb5yE–XV1viRSpNQ2

Comments by Tim Gosar on continued leakage from Prospect Energy Krause Tank Site N. of Fort Collins

Good morning Commissioners,


I’m Tim Gosar a long-time resident of Larimer County & coordinator of The Larimer Alliance for Health, Safety & the Environment. Thank you for this opportunity to speak & engage you this morning.


One of this commission’s great accomplishments was re-writing Larimer County’s O&G regulations that prioritized & better protected public health, safety, the environment and wildlife. Thank you very much for this! The next step after passing much better regulations is the fair & swift implementation of them.


You’ve heard the clear and convincing evidence regarding Prospect Energy’s polluting and general disregard for the health and safety of Vonn, Amy, Charley and all the citizens of Larimer County. Willfully polluting, poisoning and disregarding the health & safety of the residents of Larimer County, the environment and wildlife is very troubling to say
the least and must be stopped.


You passed new O&G regulations that went into effect on 9/15/21 that address this disregard for public health, safety and the environment that I’d like to point out & reference:


• 11.5 (Enforcement & Inspections) – Bottom of page 27
o 11.5.1 (Compliance)

• New & existing O&GF’s shall demonstrate compliance with this and all other relevant sections of this code. Failure of an Operator to maintain compliance with the County approval of an O&GF may result in the suspension or revocation of the approval pursuant to the procedures in this Code.

o 11.5.5 (Cease & Desist) – next page


▪ The Director has the authority to issue a Cease & Desist order, requiring the Operator to stop all affected O&G operations where there is: subsection (2) 3 or more documented violations which threaten public health, safety, welfare, wildlife or the environment within a (6) month time frame.


Colorado and Larimer County require that O&G gas is regulated in a way that prioritizes public health & safety, the environment and wildlife. Prospect Energy is endangering Amy, Von, Charley and Larimer residents, along with polluting the environment which must bring a Cease-and-Desist order (section 11.5.5)! The violations of law are clear and convincing per Larimer County’s O&G regulations and CO law. I implore you to use the enforcement mechanisms I referenced to shut
the Prospect Energy’s Krause facility down! Activate that fair and swift enforcement please! The Krause facility is harming our great community and needs to be shut down! Thank you.

Comments by Doug Henderson on continued leakage from Prospect Energy Krause Tank site in N. Fort Collins

Comments to BoCC re Prospect emissions – Doug Henderson – 8 Feb 2022


Good morning Commissioners,


In June and Sept last year, we raised concerns to you about emissions from Prospect Energy’s Krause facility northeast of Fort Collins.


For years this facility has leaked emissions that harm people’s health and quality of life, degrade air quality, and damage the environment.


CDPHE cited Prospect for 3 separate violations at this facility during 2018-19, and issued Prospect a warning. After each violation, Prospect said repairs were made and the leaks had been stopped. But subsequent investigations by APCD found that emissions continued. Repairs were either very inadequate, or weren’t actually made.


Only 2 months after Prospect received the warning, Earthworks documented more illegal emissions from the facility. During the past year, Earthworks documented emissions on 9 separate visits. And several investigations by state and county officials also found leaks, emissions, and odors.


Prospect repeatedly said repairs were made and leaks were stopped. But
subsequent investigations found emissions were continuing.


CDPHE issued another violation notice to Prospect in December. In early January, Prospect replaced two tanks that were known to leak. So finally – after years of leaks and harmful emissions – the facility would no longer be leaking, no longer harming peoples’ health, air quality, and the environment.


Unfortunately, shortly after the tanks were replaced, local residents reported more odors from the facility – the same sickening odors that have made them ill for years.


So in mid-January, Earthworks investigated again – and documented leaks from the replacement tanks. (The imaging from that investigation is here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db9B9fsErPg&t=67s&ab_channel=Earthworks

It seems Prospect had replaced two old leaky tanks
with other old used tanks, and leaks continued. So Earthworks filed another complaint with APCD.


Ten days ago, a state investigator, accompanied by County Health staff,
documented more leaks, emissions, and odors at the facility.


The Krause facility has a clear record of leaks, emissions, violations. Prospect is responsible for these leaks and failing to stop them, and responsible for toxic and illegal emissions that for years have damaged people’s health and welfare, degraded air quality, and damaged the environment.

Colorado law is clear: protection of public health and the environment holds priority in oil & gas development. Larimer County has legal authority under state law and County regulations to act to protect public health, safety, and the environment.


We urge the County to stop further harm from the Krause facility
and hold Prospect accountable:

  • by ordering the facility to cease operation and shut
    until state and local authorities determine the facility can operate without any more illegal emissions.
  • and by issuing Prospect a penalty for its chronic illegal leaks,
    and sufficient to deter further illegal conduct.

Not just talk – real action to uphold the law and protect local residents, public health, and the environment.

UPCOMING EVENT: NORTHERN COLORADO AIR QUALITY, co-sponsored by the Larimer Alliance and Colorado Rising

We have all watched the deterioration of air quality along the Front Range in Northern Colorado, from hazy days when the mountains are hard to see to those times when it is genuinely difficult to breathe. For the past several years, counties in Northern Colorado have received a failing grade for their air quality in updated surveys from the American Lung Association.

Many factors contribute to this, but it’s clear emissions from poorly managed oil and gas operations are a major part of the pollutants affecting our air quality. However, state and local governments and regulatory agencies are missing key data that would lead to more effective control of the industries behind this environmental problem.

Come join Northern Colorado Air Quality

A webinar about what is in our air,

And what we can do about it

This online event will be presented by the Larimer Alliance for Health, Safety, & the Environment and Colorado Rising on Wednesday, March 16 at 6:00 PM. We’ll have speakers who can document poor air quality along the Front Range and beyond, the resulting negative health consequences, and ways to precisely measure exactly what is contributing to this problem. We can then discuss the need for more civic engagement for necessary action from our regional governments and regulators.

Featured Speakers:

Andrew Klooster: Colorado Field Advocate with Earthworks, Andrew is a Certified Optical Gas Imaging Thermographer. Earthworks field staff use industry-standard optical gas imaging cameras manufactured by FLIR to document pollution at oil and gas facilities that is not visible to the naked eye. Andrew’s videos of field observations of oil and gas operations in Colorado have been seen as part of testimony to state and local regulatory agencies, and have been featured recently in several news stories centered on some particularly problematic facilities.

Cory Carroll, MD: A member of Physicians for Social Responsibility Colorado, Dr. Carroll’s Fort Collins practice in family medicine has provided him direct insights into health impacts of regional oil and gas projects on his patients, and has commented in many public appearances before state and local government bodies on this topic. He will detail research showing that exposure to unconventional oil and gas development has a negative effect on all-cause mortality in Medicare beneficiaries. . . that is, fracking is hurting both old and young.

Detlev Helmig, PhD: A noted atmospheric scientist, Dr. Helmig has pioneered unique monitoring systems that can sample atmospheric pollutants tracking them continuously to provide a real time record of hazardous emissions. Stations he has established with his company Boulder Air have been set up for many city and county governments along the Front Range. Correlated with careful weather observations, these monitors are able to identify specific chemical signatures from oil and gas facilities, differentiating them from other ambient sources of pollution such as vehicle traffic and wildfires.

To sign in to this online event

  

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