“One of the things my wife last year, had her fight with breast cancer. One of the things that causes breast cancer is pollution. Now to find a direct tie to maybe that spill, or the constant flaring that goes on in the valley there’s every possibility that her cancer was caused by that pollution.”
Real people impacted by oil and gas development.
Below, you’ll find real people telling their stories of living in the shadow of oil and gas development. From air pollution by methane leaks and flares to contaminated groundwater, from farmland destroyed by brine spills to health effects like asthma and cancer—all told by the people experiencing them.
- Air Pollution
- Health Effects
- Spills and Leaks
- Property Damage
“We’ve got a company coming in here now that wants to do that…they’re threatening that we either make peace with them, and accept their agreement for surface access to our ranch, or they’ll just sue and condemn their way in.”
“Right now, there’s about 1,500 oil and gas wells on the Fort Berthold Reservation. Many of those are flaring 24-7, which means that you can see gas flares in every direction you look.”
Rancher Terry Punt sat at the kitchen table talking about the ranch his wife’s family has been operating for the past 140 years. He talked…
Jeff and Rhonda Locker look out across a cut alfalfa field. Newly cut rows of alfalfa stretch into the distance. Clean mountain air blows down…
The west brought the Ashleys a sense of solitude and freedom, however, the peace they once knew has since been disrupted by an oil well that was put in at the base of their driveway.
Mike Wireman, a hydrogeologist, has spent the last five years trying to understand what is causing the Pavillion water crisis in relation to oil and gas development.
Keeping the water flowing, a rancher’s fight to limit oil and gas development As hydraulic fracturing threatens aquifers, it puts ranching and other industries at…
Battlement Mesa Prepares for a Continued Fight for Safer Drilling Practices When Bonnie Smeltzer moved to Battlement Mesa in 2002 at the age of 74,…