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The U.S. has been fracking for 65 years. FrackFacts_arrow This is NOT your grandfather’s “fracking” method! The multi-well pad, horizontally drilled, high pressure fracturing methods in use today have only been in widespread use for just over 10 years. We are just learning what effects the massive implementation of this new type of fracking has on our health and the environment.
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Fracking is a safe and responsible practice. FrackFacts_arrow Oil and gas extraction emits greenhouse gases, smog-inducing compounds and carcinogens causing dangerous health and environmental effects. A University of Colorado study found that people living within as little as a half-mile of wells were exposed to airborne pollutants and cancer causing agents five times greater than federally recommended concentrations.
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Fracking does not contaminate water. FrackFacts_arrow Poor well construction, faulty equipment, and human error can all result in groundwater spills as well as migration into aquifers. Thousands of cases of water contamination near drilling sites have been documented by courts, states, and local governments. Fracking also uses millions of gallons of water for each well and turns it into liquid waste so toxic that it must be disposed of in underground injection wells, taking that water permanently out of the water supply.
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Fracking creates jobs & boosts the economy. FrackFacts_arrow At what expense? Do those figures account for the long-term economic damage and the significant erosion of communities’ quality of life that can outweigh those benefits? For example, new wells require over a thousand truck trips per frack, and Broomfield citizens would pay for the road repair. Drilling rigs operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, property values are lowered and tourism and recreation industries are harmed.
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Colorado has the most stringent regulations in the nation. FrackFacts_arrow There are 17 state inspectors for 47,000 active wells in Colorado, so even with the regulations in place, most wells are only inspected every five years. Accidents happen and regulations will be cold comfort when one happens next to your home, school, or business or permanently pollutes a body of water.
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We all heat our homes & drive cars, so we have to allow fracking in Broomfield. FrackFacts_arrow There is an appropriate time and place for everything. We need to carefully balance the benefits of accelerated development of oil and gas through fracking with the costs to our health, air, water, and property values. You can’t drink natural gas. You can’t breathe oil. And you can’t make the well go away once it is there.
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The City of Broomfield can’t afford a lawsuit. FrackFacts_arrow When it comes to the health, safety, and welfare of Broomfield’s citizens, can we afford not to protect our property values, families and community from the dangers of fracking?
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