Grassroots activists, artists, and conservation groups affiliated with
the Center for Biological Diversity submitted formal comments this week
that call on the Bureau of Land Management to prohibit new leasing of
publicly-owned fossil fuels in its new resource management plan, which
would affect more than 6 million acres of land in eastern Colorado.
This plan projects a potential increase of up to 2,400 percent in the number
of active federal gas and oil wells between 2011 and 2030, bringing the
total number of wells up to 13,041 from 543.
The plan would affect 6.6. million acres of land,
including 3.9 million acres of public land near Fort Collins, Denver, Boulder,
Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and South Park. Critics of this plan state that it is “backward [and] dangerous”
to expand the development of fossil fuels during a global climate crisis.
In light of the existing controversy surrounding the practice of hydraulic
fracturing, or “fracking,” Colorado citizens are growing increasingly
concerned that air and water pollution from such a vast expansion could
cause serious problems.
Fracking Accidents in Colorado
Colorado residents are already familiar with the variety of things that
can go wrong with fracking. Since 2011, Colorado has already had at least
19 reports of
fracking-related accidents, or as many now refer to them, “fraccidents.”
In February of 2013, a Fort Collins oil well gushed out green fracking
fluid for over 30 hours before it could be contained. Later that same
year, a processing equipment backup in Ault caused crude oil to spray
out across more than 150,000 square feet of a nearby organic farm. It
is yet uncertain whether the contaminated ground will be fit to grow crops
again. In April of this year in Greeley, CO, a fracking waste-water site
caught fire and caused several large explosions, causing the evacuation
of three homes and polluting the air with a massive amount of black smoke.
These are only a few of the many cases of fracking accidents that have
resulted in air pollution, water poisoning, and animal illnesses and deaths
We Represent Victims of Fracking Accidents
Have you or a loved one suffered an injury, illness, or loss related to
fracking? The Denver personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jordan
& Associates, LLC can inform you of your legal options and provide
you with the strategic advocacy you need to achieve your goals. Whether
you are a fracking worker or a nearby resident affected by environmental
contamination, contact our team at
(720) 897-7010 for a
free consultation to discuss how we may be able to help. You pay nothing unless you make
a recovery, so call today.