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What is fracking?

how close is it to your home, school, or favorite park?

There are 60,00+ active wells in colorado

Currently, fracking operations are allowed to take place just 2000’ from homes, school buildings and school playgrounds. The industry has shown blatant disregard for public health and safety, and the current state regulatory body – the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) – has not provided responsible protective regulatory oversight to prevent inappropriate siting of toxic fracking operations adjacent to homes, schools and water sources.

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how does fracking impact Colorado?


The Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (Unconventional Gas and Oil Extraction) documents over 2,000 peer-reviewed studies that have pointed to negative health outcomes and issues related to living in close proximity to o&g operations.

Long & short term health impacts:

Naturally occurring radioactivity is often brought up to the surface during the drilling and fracking process.

In 2019, the CDPHE released its Final Report: Human Health Risk Assessment for Oil and Gas Operations in Colorado which recommended no less than 2,000 ft setback.

Between January 2015 and February 2021, over 3,400 resident complaints were filed with the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission citing health and quality of life issues.


In 2017, there were over a dozen Oil & Gas related fires and explosions in Colorado alone.

The most well-known tragedy is the home explosion in Firestone that killed two men, severely injured a mother, and forced a small child to jump from a window to escape with his life.

Stories From The Impacted

Although oil & gas operations can take place as close as 2000 ft (or closer) to homes in Colorado, emergency responders have stated that the evacuation radius for oil & gas leaks and explosions is typically anywhere from 2500ft to over a mile.

Explosions, spills, and leaks



  • In 2020, the American Lung Association’s State of the Air Report Card - ALA rated many of Colorado’s front range counties failing grades for poor ozone quality.
  • Air pollution leads to increased vulnerability to
    respiratory infections; such as COVID-19.


  • O&G industry averages 2 spills per day in Colorado.
  • Industry uses 1.5-16 million gallons of water per well, per frack. A well can be fracked over a dozen times.
  • Water is contaminated with toxic chemicals;
    can never be returned to the hydro-logical cycle again. “Produced water” or fracking wastewater is disposed of in large open pits, injected into deep underground storage wells. Due to lack of transparency and regulatory guidelines, fracking waste may even end up in our landfills, used as a road de-icing or dust suppressant.
  • Water used for fracking often comes from freshwater sources, such as drinking water reservoirs, lakes, rivers, and municipal water sources.

There are more fracking wells than hiking trails in Colorado.

Oil & gas operations are taking place on public lands and open spaces. These spaces are held in trust for the use and enjoyment of the people. Yet, oil & gas companies are fracking these lands for private profit at the public’s expense.

Mineral owners can be forced into giving up their mineral estate, even if they do not want to enter a contract with an oil & gas company to lease their minerals.

Currently, Colorado is home to over 60,000 Oil & Gas wells.

Land Under Threat

Methane emissions are 60% higher than previously thought

Warming climate leads to increased drought and water shortages, longer and more intense wildfire seasons, reduced snow-pack, and record-breaking heat waves.

Fracking operations can take place in close proximity to homes, schools, public spaces and drinking water sources.

  • Noise, lights, and emissions from diesel generators and on-site equipment.
  • Each well requires thousands of trucks hauling water, sand and chemicals.
  • Homes can be built on top of old or abandoned well sites.

Stories From The Impacted

The not so good:

O&G industry accounts for roughly $1 billion in state and local tax revenue in Colorado, annually. Although this may seem like a hefty sum, in comparison, recreation & tourism account for nearly $60 billion per year in Colorado!

O&G industry accounts for roughly 1% of Colorado’s workforce, or about 29,000 direct jobs. In comparison, the outdoor recreation and tourism industry accounts for over 250,000 direct jobs. Wind & solar account for over 64,000 direct jobs.

The Bad:

O&G has received bailouts, subsidies, tax breaks, yet over 12 companies in Colorado have filed for bankruptcy since 2015.

O&G companies in Colorado either failed to complete tax documents or filed incomplete documents throughout 2015-2018. Industry has potentially shortchanged the state billions in taxes!

O&G is a boom-and-bust business that creates
unstable employment dependent on frequent layoffs and transient workers that are often relocated from state-to-state. Production and jobs are dependent on international prices and the laws of supply and demand. When gas prices are low, O&G companies slow production and lay off workers. When wells run dry in one state, workers are laid off or relocated to another state.

The Ugly:

Orphaned and abandoned wells in Colorado could cost taxpayers billions!

Jobs claims are often overstated and include indirect jobs such as gas station attendants, and hospitality employees.

The oil & gas industry spends millions of dollars lobbying elected officials At every level of government to ensure laws and policies are favorable to their profits, not the health, safety, and well-being of people and the planet.

  • In Colorado, the oil & gas industry has spent over
    $80,000 influencing politics.
  • In 2005, then vice-President Dick Cheney (and former CEO of Halliburton) ushered in a new era of sweeping reforms favoring the oil & gas industry. Known as the Halliburton Loophole, the oil & gas industry was exempted from critical pieces of federal legislation designed to protect our air, land, water and health.
    • The Halliburton Loophole allowed the oil & gas industry exemptions to ignore key provisions in:
      • The Safe Drinking Water Act
      • The Clean Air Act
      • The Clean Water Act
      • The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)
      • The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Senator John Hickenlooper, and Former Governor of Colorado and former Denver Mayor, has taken hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions from the oil & gas industry.

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