Is Denver Media Ignoring How the Flooding has Affected Oil Wells in Colorado?
Is there a media blackout on the fracking flood disaster in Colorado?
Many concerned citizens seem to think so and have taken to ‘citizen journalism’ to bring light to the numerous reports of leaking crude oil tanks that are floating in the rivers.
According to an anonymous Facebook user in Lafayette, one citizen responded to the media’s lack of coverage by saying:
We’ve emailed the Denver TV stations, other media, and state and local politicians. We’ve sent pictures that our members have taken. It’s like the media and politicians have been TOLD not to say anything about it. There has been no mention of the gas wells on the Denver newscasts either last night or this evening although all stations have had extensive and extended flood coverage.
Apparently enough concerned citizens began questioning the water’s safety that a representative from the Daily Camera spoke out, saying:
Regulators say they agree these well sites could pose a contamination risk, and they will get out to assess the damage as soon as it’s feasible…A spokesman for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said the agency is aware of the potential for contamination from flooded drilling sites, but there simply is no way to get to those sites while flooding is ongoing and while resources are concentrated on saving lives.
9News then spoke about the numerous animals that have been affected by this flood.
9News then spoke with Colorado Gas and Oil Association representative Tisha Schuller about fracking and water contamination concerns.