THORNTON, Colo. - Plans are constantly being written up for new oil and gas drilling sites in the state of Colorado, and one lawmaker is taking steps to protect the growing number of concerned homeowners.
State representative Joseph Salazar has introduced a bill that would hold oil and gas companies accountable for any potential damages from oil and gas activity. He spoke with a group of concerned citizens at a residence in Thornton on Saturday morning.
The concern in Thornton comes from a plan to build a large drilling site directly across the street from Rocky Top Middle School off York Street near 144th Avenue.
Thornton resident Stacy Lambright isn't buying the rhetoric that "fracking," as the technique is most commonly refered to, doesn't pose significant hazards. She wonders what kids who are out at recess will breathe in and what will be in their water once the drilling site is up and running. She isn't only concerned about the 1,400 students at Rocky Top, but schools and homes across the state that are or will be surrounded by drilling sites.
"I haven't seen enough third-party scientific data that proves to me that the air quality is safe... that the water quality is safe," said Lambright.