Greeley Mother Sends Open Letter to Governor Polis After Benzene Exposure at Local School


Contacts: Patricia Nelson, 337-532-0135,


Greeley Mother Sends Open Letter to Governor Polis After Benzene Exposure at Local School

Demands Shut Down of Oil and Gas Operations 1,200 ft away

GREELEY, COLORADO — Today, Greeley mother, Patricia Nelson, sent an open letter to Governor Polis and the director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission demanding a shut down of the 24 well pad, Extraction Oil and Gas operation just 1,200 feet from the front door of Bella Romero Academy.

The demand is in response to a press release the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment sent out on Monday, November 25th, 2019 reporting an elevated level of benzene had been measured by the CDPHE’s mobile lab located at Bella Romero’s 4-8 grade campus.

Benzene is a known carcinogen and the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization says there is no safe level of exposure.

The letter and demand are supported by many local Colorado groups that are fighting to protect their communities from dangerous oil and gas operations. These groups include Adams County Communities for Drilling Accountability NOW (ACCDAN), Broomfield Active Moms Community, Broomfield Concerned, Broomfield CAN, Be The Change USA, Climate Justice Ministry of Foothills Unitarian Church, Colorado Rising, Erie Protectors, Food & Water Watch Action, Front Range Residents for Environment, Safety, and Health (FRRESH), Larimer Alliance for Health Safety & the Environment, The Lookout Alliance, Mothers Out Front – Colorado, North Range Concerned Citizens, Our Health Our Future Our Longmont, Physicians for Social Responsibility Colorado, Wall of Women, Weld Air & Water, WildEarth Guardians, and 350 Colorado.

The letter is available as a PDF here.


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