Oil and Gas Wells Make Colorado Flooding Even Worse

by Cassady Craighill

September 17, 2013

Originally posted to EcoWatch


A lot is being written in the state and national press about the terrible human devastation week-long rain storms have created in Colorado. The impact has been greatest along what is known locally as the Front Range, the flat land directly east of the Rocky Mountains. The city of Boulder and smaller towns such as Lyons and Jamestown have been particularly hard hit, but no city along the front range from the Wyoming state line through Denver to Colorado Springs has been spared. In Colorado, weve experienced massive drought, wildfires and flooding all in the same year. Welcome to the brave new world ofclimate change.

In time, the corporate press may turn to measuring the environmental damage these floods have caused wildlife and land, both public and private. But its doubtful, given the ruling elites bias toward oil and gas development everywhere in the state, that the reporting will look at the extent of the pollution to our waterways and land resources flooded byoil and gas wells. I dont suspect, given the industrys run of the place, that there will be a call for the industry to clean up its mess. After all,Gov. Hickenlooperhas been known to say thatColorado has the strongest oil and gas regulationsin the country.

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Cassady Craighill

By Cassady Craighill

Cassady is a media officer for Greenpeace USA based on the East Coast. She covers climate change and energy, particularly how both issues relate to the Trump administration.

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