Colorado River, photo take on September 16, 2013
Colorado River, photo take on September 16, 2013

Heavy rains in Colorado have caused extreme flooding, in Weld County residents have been evacuated due to a broken oil and gas industry pipeline.

Oil drums, tanks and other industrial debris mixed into the swollen river flowing northeast. County officials did not give locations of where the pipeline broke and where other pipelines were compromised.

One pipeline has broken and is leaking, Weld County Emergency Manager Roy Rudisill. Other industry pipelines are sagging as saturated sediment erodes around the expanding river.

Industry crews “are shutting in the lines, shutting in the wells,” Rudisill said.

In a statement, Gary Wockner, of Clean Water Action, said “Fracking and operating oil and gas facilities in floodplains is extremely risky. Flood waters can topple facilities and spread oil, gas, and cancer-causing fracking chemicals across vast landscapes making contamination and clean-up efforts exponentially worse and more complicated.”

Where is all the contaminated water headed?

Into the Colorado River.

Arizona and Southern California residents received their water from the Colorado River.

Although unconfirmed, there is talk about cleanup booms being placed in and around the Hoover Dam to soak up as much of the oil and other toxins as possible.   How big are the rolls of paper towels?

gas pad coloradoWhat does a flooded gas well look like?  CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

Colorado officials are calling the flooding an “epic situation”.   Yes, it’s epic for Colorado residents; however it will also be epic for Arizona and Southern California residents as the gas and oil pads and pipelines continue to send who knows what into the water.

Not surprising, the main stream media barely mentions the water contamination from oil/gas activities.    If it is mentioned at all, it is in vague terms.

Gas and oil facilities all along the Gulf Coast were severely impacted during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and hundreds of miles of groundwater have been turned into a toxic witch brew.

2012 – Tropical Storm Lee caused widespread flooding in parts of Pennsylvania, including flooding of natural gas well pads which the industry quickly denied was occurring and local news went along with the denials or ignored the situation.

PA flooding
2012, Gas pad staging area flooded.

The damaging impact from storms is not anything new.   The fossil fuel knows this, the government knows this, the media knows this but they choose to keep it quiet.

SEE: Is there a media blackout on fracking flood disaster in Colorado?

The spin on the Colorado flooding will be it was a 100-year event, storm of the century.   This implies we don’t have to worry our pretty little heads about it, by the time the next 100-year storm of the century event happens again we’ll be dead.

But think about it – 100-year storms of the century have we had in just the past 10 years?  How many 100-year storms of the century do we need to have before we wake up and realize this isn’t just a lot of water?

America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) is running advertising, encouraging people to “THINK ABOUT IT” in terms of how much money an Ohio farmer is getting from gas royalties, or how a bus line in California reduced carbon emissions by switching to natural gas as a fuel.

I’m asking you to THINK ABOUT IT AGAIN.  How many people DO NOT have clean drinking water due to the activities of the natural gas industry?  How many people are trapped in their homes because breathing the outside air is debilitating?  How many communities are being sacrificed for corporate profits or political gain?  colorado tanksIn February 2013, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper stated he drank a glass of fracking fluid.  Is he drinking it now?  Why not have a glass of Colorado Koolaid –  the fossil fuel industry says it’s safe.


© 2013 by Dory Hippauf


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