Rifle, CO

“Respiratory issues are rampant around here. The traffic kicks up dust, and when they build new well pads, it creates a lot of dust as well. They moonscape them, meaning they destroy any vegetation, so it just becomes a big mud slab, and there’s nothing to catch or hold the dust they’re kicking up. So people are breathing those fine particles in, and often it’s full of chemicals, from absorbing anything coming off the rig. And then over west of town, we’ve got a liquid natural gas plant, where they condense gas and burn it off. So you’ve got stuff like that going on. The wind blows west to east, so it seems to just congregate here in Rifle, from all the wells in the Parachute area, and in Mesa County, where they get pollution from Utah.”

Leslie Robinson
Rifle, CO

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