powerful testimony at cogcc hearing, 9/4/20

(Testimony from these 350Colorado panelists began at 3:05pm; the timestamp during today’s recording will be posted later. Many thanks to the 350Colorado staffer, whose name I missed, who coordinated these presentations.)

Dr Ed Ketner, PA resident, gave an excellent overview of the scientific and medical evidence summarizing how fracking affects human health, and how the current 500′ setbacks are totally inadequate.

Janis Butterfield, in unincorporated Weld County resident and rancher near Berthoud, who lives between two fracking pads gave powerful and moving testimony, with stories, pictures and vidoes, showing how her

Some screen shots from their presentations:

Susan Speece testified at 3:48pm, representing Anthem Ranch, a residential community in northwest Broomfield (just west of Lafayette). She also served on the Broomfield O&G Task Force. She’s head of a residential action group, and described how her community’s residents have suffered negative health effects from air pollution from wells in their areas. Her group have also done careful correlation of specific days of O&G operations (drilling, flowback, etc) with spikes in air pollution. Also, levels of toxic pollutants in their air have been document at levels far in excess of recommended levels. (Ms Speece is in the lower right below.)


Here is Part I of the COGCC Hearing recording:

Wed, Aug 26, 2020, Part 1, at time 1:35 –
This Environmental Groups panel contained great testimony from Mike Freeman, Christiaan van Woudenberg and Elise Bair.

Here’s an opening slide, which mentions the Larimer Alliance. Mike Freeman gave the opening remarks, which stressed some points that the COGCC should follow in setting future policy, including using the social cost of carbon, and doing cumulative impact analysis.

Christiaan van Woudenberg, a trustee of the town of Erie and director of Erie Protectors, spoke next, at about 1:35, and gave an impressive presentation that laid out how he and Erie neighbors, who live in the Weld County side of Erie (the other half to the west is in Boulder County), have been massively impacted by the number of gas wells in their neighborhoods — some as little as 500 feet away from homes . He has been fighting fracking in Erie since 2014.

Next to speak was Emily Bair(spelling?), at 1:56, related a dramatic personal story of how here 7 year old son suffered grave afflictions in 2017-18 from the environmental air pollution from the nearby gas wells. She spoke for so many other persons who have been afflicted by fracking in her testimony, and is living proof of what SB-181 was meant to address…and still needs to address.

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