Health Professionals for Prop 112

As Health Professionals one of the  primary mandates of our professional activities is, first of all, to do no harm.  Corollary with that is to pursue activities which move to  enhance the public health of our community. Fracking is a dangerous industrial activity that releases cancer-causing emissions into the air, pollutes the water, and exposes populations to fires and explosions. Oil and gas development should not occur in close proximity to  where people live or work or where children play or go to school.

Yes! I support Proposition 112 for a statewide statutory ballot initiative to establish safety buffer zones of 2,500 feet between fracking operations and occupied buildings (e.g. homes, schools, hospitals) and areas of special concern (e.g. playgrounds and water sources). Please list me as an endorser.

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Why Health Professionals Support Prop 112 – Testimonials and Presentations:

Registered nurse, mom and grandmom, Suzanne Cabral, from Thornton, CO on why she supports a #SaferSetback!
Dr. Larry Moore – Emergency Medicine Physician, Manitou Springs, CO
Barbara Donachy, MPH – Physicians for Social Responsibility, Denver, CO – Health Impacts Presentation
Catherine Thomasson, MD – Former president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Presents findings from PSR’s report “Too Dirty, Too Dangerous: Why Health Professionals Reject Natural Gas”

STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT


“I strongly endorse this ballot initiative to increase the setback buffer zone because as a healthcare professional it is clear to me that chronic long-term low level toxic exposures to volatile organic compounds in the air nearby to active fracked gas extraction sites is a real and regular occurrence.  This happens throughout the lifetime of the well from the onset of drilling, through the active fracking stage, and then continues until the well is plugged, if ever.  Children and pregnant mothers are most at the risk of the undesirable health effects of these exposures.  There are many studies from across the United States documenting that this occurs, often intermittently, and is potentially more severe in nature the closer to oil and gas production one lives, works, plays, recreates, or goes to school.  Current regulations and practices in the oil/gas extractive process simply do not provide acceptable certainty that leakage or venting of volatile organic compounds into the ambient air at the well site can be prevented at a level that protects us.  This initiative provides a step forward in reducing the potential for exposures of children to the hazardous air toxics related to oil/gas production.”

Larry A. Moore, MD


“I support the proposed ballot initiative to increase set-backs for “fracking.”  My background is that of a Chemical Engineer graduate, with a Masters in Biomedical Engineering, and an MSPH [Public Health], and a Board Certification in Preventive Medicine -so I have a long-standing interest in health and population risks (epidemiology).
Let me speak plainly: I believe that fracking is bad for our health—it remains to be seen exactly how bad.  Finkel and Law (2011) said that “73%” of the fracking chemicals had risks for “skin, eye, …respiratory distress, including asthma, gastrointestinal and liver disease, brain… harm, cancers,” and negative reproductive effects.  In 2017 another study by Currie et al cited poor outcomes to babies born to mothers living within 3 km of fracking sites. The worst effects are for < 1 km (what we call “dose-response”, strengthening confidence in the truth of the finding), with 29,000 babies per year born to women living so close to a site. Greater set-backs are a step in the right direction.”

Anne Hazelton, MD, MSPH


“Fracking not only poses a risk to our surface and below-ground water and to the structure of the earth itself, as shown by the striking increase in earthquakes in fracking areas, but also to the health of those who live or work in places where fracking is done. The emission of methane, a far more important cause of warming than carbon dioxide, and its associated volatile, toxic organic compounds released during the fracking process comprise serious short- and long-term health risks. A study done by the Colorado School of Public Health in 2012 showed clearly that residents living less that a half-mile from a fracking site were at greater risk for negative neurological, respiratory, hematological, and developmental  effects. There also is an increased risk of cancer attributed to the release of benzene from the drilling process. All of these risks increase with the time of exposure. A drilling setback of 2500 feet from homes and businesses is a very sensible measure and is supported by medical and scientific investigations. Proposition 112 is good preventive medicine, good public health, good pediatric health, and in the best interest of all Coloradans who wish to preserve our environment and our healthy style of living.”

– J. Joseph Marr, MD


“Fracking is clearly harmful to human health and the health of our planet. Physician groups including the American Medical Association and Physicians for Social Responsibility warn about the health and environmental dangers of fracking — and of fossil fuels in general. Global warming is the greatest health threat of the 21st century. For survival of the human race and a livable planet, we must move beyond fossil fuels — now. Vote “yes” on Proposition 112.”

– George Bohmfalk, MD., retired neurosurgeon, Carbondale
– Steve Hessl, MD., retired occupational medicine physician, Carbondale
– Leslie Fuller, DO., retired anesthesiologist, Glenwood Springs
– Greg Feinsinger, MD., retired family physician, Carbondale


“I endorse Proposition 112. Our health and safety must be protected. There are ample studies to show that proximity to fracking sites present unacceptable health risks, especially to vulnerable people such as women of child-bearing age, the unborn, infants, children, and those with pulmonary and neurological illnesses. We must vote for this setback as a long-overdue step toward moving away from fossil fuel burning.”

– Ellen Lewis, MD., psychiatrist, Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, Diplomate the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association.


Fracking poisons our bodies. Period. The harm is well documented and frightening. Prop 112 is our one and final opportunity to save ourselves and our children from disease.

– Charley Cropley, ND. Naturopathic Behavioral Medicine


“As a Clinical Psychologist, I am concerned about the emotional trauma that people experience when they fear that they are unsafe in their neighborhoods. The incessant noise, the smell, the pollution, the flaring and the frequent explosions would cause most residents, including children, to worry that they might be harmed by these industrial gas and oil installations. Health studies indicate that emotional and physical trauma and illness increases exponentially among those who lives next to drill sites in their backyards. Children should not have to play on school playgrounds in the shadow of this industry.”

– Diana Bray, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist


I support Prop 112.  Setbacks of at least 2500 feet are needed to protect our citizens and children from exposure to the toxins released into air by fracking wells.”

– Julie Carpenter, MD Family Practice


“I support Prop 112.  Research at our Colorado School of Public Health and other respected institutions point to increased risk for birth defects, acute lymphocytic leukemia, extremely low birth weight babies, and new or increased negative respiratory effects for those living in proximity to concentrations of oil and gas wells.  In the case of accidents and fires (and we know they happen) current setbacks are too close to protect people from explosions, radiant heat, toxic gas clouds and air pollution.  Prop 112 will protect our most vulnerable individuals and will save lives.”

– Barbara Donachy, MPH


“I work in a busy Pediatric Clinic where we take care of children from newborns to 18 year olds. We also advocate for children in our society. It is well known that children are more vulnerable to  the effects of environmental toxins than adults. Placing oil and gas operations near playgrounds, soccer fields, schools and neighborhoods may threaten children’s health by increasing exposure to: air pollution from gas emissions, potential water contamination. noise pollution, potential for accidents, leaks, explosions, social disruption by changing local environment.  Are jobs really more important than our children’s health?  I support Prop 112- Safer Setbacks for Fracking.”

– Margaret DeKoven, PA in Evergreen, CO


“As a health care professional on the front lines in the fight against cancer, I am alarmed, and outraged, at the particularly toxic nature of the entire fracking process; the so-called ‘natural gas’ revolution literally poisons our air, land, and water – and then our bodies – with nearly zero chemical disclosure requirements.  Proposition 112 ensures a basic – minimal – buffer zone for our safety from some of the harshest industrial chemicals out there.  Seriously – think about it: the chemicals routinely used, and in the waste products, of the fracking process are known carcinogens, neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors and other highly toxic compounds – such as benzene, methane, cadmium…  Do you really want to give the billionaire oil and gas industry carte blanche to do this right near your home? Your children’s schools?  Vote Yes on proposition 112.”

– Don Lieber, Surgical Technologist


“My background  includes experience in the R&D of Molecular Diagnostic assays  for various cancers.  Cancer is a very complicated disease that can require a multiple of different types of  “environmental assaults” and many years to fully develop. My fear is that we  are only at the tip of the iceberg with respect to a more complete  awareness of the  harmful effects that fracking is causing to our health. We need to support Proposition 112 to the fullest.”

– Edward N. Granados, PhD, Biological Chemist


“When I hear that the miscarriage rate of babies in Weld County is 7X the rate of any other county in Colorado — and Weld County has 50,000 wells, more than any county in Colorado — you bet I support Proposition 112!”

– Molly Greacen, Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist


“We are being told that allowing fracking will provide jobs. This is only short term. Solar and wind power can also provide jobs. The damage fracking can do to the health and safety of ourselves,  families, water, air and homes is long term and irreversible. Vote!”

– Brigette Mars, Herbalist, Naropa Faculty Member and Author


“Industrial size manufacturing of oil production within 500 feet of homes is nothing short of reckless for public health. Proposition 112 Safer Setbacks is good for us, and good for Colorado.”

– Linda McKibben, RN Nurse, Erie, Colorado


“Let’s get down to brass tacks:  Health of the public, especially that of our precious children and grandchildren, must always take priority over profits of corporations, especially boom and bust oil and gas corporations that leave the cleanup of their industry to future Coloradans.  I wholeheartedly agree with Physicians for Social Responsibility who conclude, after reviewing over 1,200 peer-reviewed research articles, that their ‘examination . . . uncovered no evidence that fracking can be practiced in a manner that does not threaten human health.'”

– Frances Shure, Licenced Professional Counselor


“I support Prop 112 because we must protect our homes and families from the fumes and fire hazards of fracking.”

– Evelyn Hutt, MD, UC Health

Additional Health Professionals endorsements:


Dr. Candace Gossen, Denver • David Nolan, Broomfield • Pushpa Mehta, Greenwood Village • Marshal Flora, Denver • Cindy Parker, Salida • Nikki Clark, Broomfield • Christian Fox, Broomfield • Sheila Davis, Denver • Edward Granados, Longmont • Holly Correro Markels, Boulder

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