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April 2, 2014
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Letter: Endocrine disruption chemicals prevalent in fracking mud

The U.S. Justice Department has recently opened a criminal investigation into The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) due to its handing of the February Dan River spill, questioning the relationship between the agency and Duke — a company that also was a 28-year employer of North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory.

Former oil and gas geologist Gov. Hickenlooper’s Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission continues to permit toxic drilling near established neighborhoods where there are children and most likely expectant mothers even though scientists continue to write about the impact of this toxic industry to children and expectant mothers.

Endocrine disruption by small quantities of chemicals has been examined in a multitude of scientific studies. There are many endocrine disruption chemicals (EDC) and some are prevalent in the fracking muds that are used throughout Colorado and the country. According to the non-partisan Collaborative on Health and the Environment, EDC’s profoundly impair childhood neurodevelopmental, and can increase childhood asthma, obesity, and cancer.

Babies still in their mothers’ wombs living within a 10-mile range of fracking wells are in much greater danger of congenital heart defects (CHD) and neural tube defects (NTD), according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH) and Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP).

A Colorado epidemiologist has been called in to investigate a sudden rise in the number of fetal anomalies detected among pregnant women in this area recently, according to local and state health officials. “We have indeed seen an increase in fetal anomalies in pregnant women in an area stretching from Carbondale to Rifle,” confirmed Stacey Gavrell, community relations director for Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.

There are lots of oil and gas industry articles denying any accountability in impacting children’s health where there are multiple fracking drill sites, but the state has an obligation to its youngest citizens.

We need a third party federal probe into the state’s permitting practices. It seems that felony child endangerment is not something that the state of Colorado should condone and approve. Do you want to take chances with your children and grandchildren?

Tom Rutledge

Glenwood Springs


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