Colorado SB-181, changed the mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to one that regulates rather than promotes oil and gas development and made clear a requirement that the commission prioritize public health and safety over oil and gas development.
In addition to frackings contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and the climate crisis, fracking operations release toxic gases, the most dangerous of which are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including the BTEX complex (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene). Benzene is a potent carcinogen and, according to the EPA, cancer risk can occur at any exposure level. BTEX compounds are known to cause birth defects, impact the reproductive system, and affect the kidneys, liver and lungs. Studies link fracking with childhood hematologic cancer. Fracking contributes to ground ozone that is associated with respiratory problems and asthma particularly in children.
PSR Colorado has worked at the local, state and federal level to support communities in their efforts to mitigate fracking and its harmful impacts through lobbying, educating decision-makers, letters to the editor, Op Eds, testimony, seminars.