The short piece below was filmed in 2014 but is more relevant now than any other time. It was filmed in Firestone, Colorado where I lived for two years and eventually got out!
My deep condolences to the Martinez and Irwin families for their tragic loss and continued suffering. There is nothing that can replace your loss.
I have no doubt whatsoever, this tragedy could have been prevented if we had a state governing agency that was balanced and put public health, safety and welfare first. Oil and gas operations should never be in neighborhoods and houses should never be built around fracking well-pads.
It appears the State of Colorado and bloated greedy fracking industry have questions to answer. And the victims families and public have many questions.
I have been warning every city council member, county commissioner, mayor, senator, governor and everyone at hundreds of public presentations across Colorado for seven years, that a catastrophe would happen because of the shocking failure rates of the state and oil and gas industry.
In 2012, on record, I gave a formal fracking industry presentation to the COGCC on the dangers of oil and gas operations in and around neighborhoods LINK to Matt Lepore Director, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).
I explained that the proposed 500' setback was not adequate enough to protect human life. I further explained that oil and gas should never be in or near neighborhoods and the risk of a catastrophe was imminent.
Mr. Lepore did not care at all what I had to say. In fact, he and his oil and gas cronies had likely already decided fracking industry operations would happen no matter what and nothing I had to say would make a difference.
I also explained that home explosions from migrating gas is not a possibility, but a probability and that the State Oil and Gas Commission has already documented cases where homes have exploded and in many cases, explosive levels of methane seeped into dozens of homes that had to be evacuated before an explosion occured.
This is not an anti-fracking movement, but rather a civil rights movement.Our civil rights to safety have been stripped from us. We, the people, can no longer protect ourselves from the state or fracking industry. The COGCC, Governor Hickenlooper and the oil and gas industry chose oil and gas over community health, safety and environment. Shame on them.
We must stand up against a rogue industry, and fight for our lives and the lives that were tragically lost. The State of Colorado, Governor Hickenlooper and the COGCC appear to have have failed to protect us and it appears they had reckless disregard for our safety.
Always remember: "The only promise the oil and gas industry and an oily politician will give you is a lie."
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MORE TO COME!