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Northern Colorado Air Quality and What to Do About It
March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Why is it, in a state celebrated for its clean mountain air, that counties in Northern Colorado have received a failing grade for their air quality in updated surveys from the American Lung Association?
Many factors contribute to this, but it’s clear emissions from poorly managed oil and gas operations are a major part of the pollutants affecting our air quality. As highlighted in this piece from the Colorado Sun and many other news stories, however, there seems to be reluctance on the part of State regulatory agencies to aggressively address the problem.
Northern Colorado Air Quality is an online event to be presented by the Larimer Alliance for Health, Safety, & the Environment and Colorado Rising on Wednesday, March 16 at 6:00 PM. Expert speakers will highlight the nature of oil and gas emissions problems, the critical public health effects they cause, and the need for accurate, real-time monitoring of air quality in our region. We can then discuss the need for more civic engagement for necessary action from our regional governments and regulators.
Featured Speakers For This Event:
Andrew Klooster: Colorado Field Advocate with Earthworks, Andrew is a Certified Optical Gas Imaging Thermographer. Earthworks field staff use industry-standard optical gas imaging cameras manufactured by FLIR to document pollution at oil and gas facilities that is not visible to the naked eye. Andrew’s videos of field observations of oil and gas operations in Colorado have been seen as part of testimony to state and local regulatory agencies, and have been featured recently in several news stories centered on some particularly problematic facilities.
Cory Carroll, MD: A member of Physicians for Social Responsibility Colorado, Dr. Carroll’s Fort Collins practice in family medicine has provided him direct insights into health impacts of regional oil and gas projects on his patients, and has commented in many public appearances before state and local government bodies on this topic. He will detail research showing that exposure to unconventional oil and gas development has a negative effect on all-cause mortality in Medicare beneficiaries. . . that is, fracking is hurting both old and young.
Detlev Helmig, PhD: A noted atmospheric scientist, Dr. Helmig has pioneered unique monitoring systems that can sample atmospheric pollutants tracking them continuously to provide a real time record of hazardous emissions. Stations he has established with his company Boulder Air have been set up for many city and county governments along the Front Range. Correlated with careful weather observations, these monitors are able to identify specific chemical signatures from oil and gas facilities, differentiating them from other ambient sources of pollution such as vehicle traffic and wildfires.
Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sd-qoqjwvGNAxgxJZe62H87f3yohPW2p9#success