Target: Representative Corey Gardner
Goal: Prevent dangerous pollution from oil and gas operations in Colorado, and help reduce toxic chemicals leaked into the atmosphere
Drilling activity on Colorado’s Front Range is the culprit behind nearby high air toxicity and ozone pollution, according to scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). While lawmakers have long realized that there is pollution occurring due to oil and gas operations, multiple recent studies have shown that previous estimates are substantially underestimating the amount of greenhouse gases released.
According to research, greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas operations are three times higher than the estimated EPA standard. These operations released a whopping nineteen metric tons of methane into the atmosphere in just one hour.
Not only are oil and gas operations contributing to airborne ozone pollution, they are also huge factors in ground-level ozone pollution. The EPA estimate of this ground-level pollution is 13.1 metric tons per hour, while the actual measurement is 25 metric tons. Ground-level pollution can cause direct harm to people and the environment by creating lung problems and damaging crops in the surrounding environment.
The amount of air and ground ozone pollution in Colorado’s Front Range needs to be immediately reduced in order to slow the effects of public health problems and global warming. Lawmakers cannot afford to ignore this issue any longer. Swift action needs to be taken in order to ensure that oil and gas companies comply with EPA regulations on pollution. Sign the petition below and urge Colorado lawmakers to strictly enforce regulations on oil and gas operations.
Dear Representative Gardner,
The oil and gas operations on Colorado’s Front Range are producing massive amounts of ground and air ozone pollution. The amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted are nearly three times higher than EPA estimates and the maximum allowed under current regulations. Nineteen tons of methane per hour are being released into the atmosphere, and twenty-five metric tons of methane are being released from oil and gas drilling operations.
The amounts of toxic chemicals in the air and at ground-level are highly detrimental to the health of the environment and humans. These chemicals can cause many different lung problems in humans, and enormous amounts of damage to crops and plants. These levels need to be immediately reduced in order to protect the well-being of the environment and citizens.
Please do not ignore this issue any longer. Regulations need to be strictly enforced on the companies that are responsible for oil and gas operations in order to reduce the amount of pollution.
[Your Name Here]
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