The EPA wants to hear your stories.
As you may know, the EPA is currently taking comment on the federal rules governing air emissions from oil and gas operations. The Colorado Environmental Coalition has set up a website to make it easy for people to tell their stories about their personal experiences to the EPA. Please encourage people to write to the EPA. Click HERE for the website
About Sharon Wilson
Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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Runner Susan says
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What good will this do? Right now I can't even get the EPA to return my phone calls!
Having very few practical stories I mostly ranted but here it is,
"On numerous occasions driving on the 121/635 interchange in Grapevine I observed visible pollution being emitted by the Chesapeake Energy facility directly off the interchange. While on that slightly elevated ramp on a separate occasion I observed similar brown emissions pouring from two other drill sites. One of which is located on land directly adjacent to Grapevine Mills Mall although Im not sure of the operator of that particular well site. On a more general note, the skies in North Texas are now visibly smoggy on a near daily basis. Having lived in Dallas Fort-Worth for all of my life I can tell you this was never the norm prior to the Barnett Shale Gas drilling frenzy. Why your very own Al Armendariz claims that the Natural Gas activity now accounts for as much smog as all of the cars in Dallas Fort-Worth combined. That is insane considering the sheer number of cars in DFW, an area with very limited public transportation. It's time for the EPA to reverse the legislative loopholes that we're created by Dick Cheney's Energy Task Force. No more undisclosed chemicals being injected into our land, no more allowing the industry to not report their pollution due to its undisclosed nature. Please do something because the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality is so disgustingly incompetent, understaffed, and in bed with the Oil Gas Industry that they will go as far as to lie about air testing and install air monitors that continually and mysteriously vastly under report the levels of pollution being emitted from these gas operations. Clearly they will never regulate this industry so it's now the EPA's job to untie their arms from behind their back and pummel with all their regulatory might this abhorrent beast that is hydraulic fracturing."
Thank you! That's great!