Mr. Hazlehurst paints a pretty picture, but fails to discuss the air pollution created by 18,000 condensate tanks in Weld county alone off-gasing VOC's, methane, propane, benzene and other carcinogens after drilling is over. The emerging research on this aggregate air pollution is showing that the threat to public health in terms of chronic respiratory and cardiovascular disease is greatly under-reported. When the drilling is taking place next to schools and subdivisions in densely populated areas, the bias must be in favor of public health rather than the profits of privately held companies, who pay none of the costs of the long term impacts to citizens. Just because a law has been on the books for many years doesn't mean the law is proper. Laws get revised and updated all the time to protect the public from previously unidentified threats. This should be one of those times.
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