Holistic Health Instructor, Private Business and Front Range Community College
I am going to write in regard to Bella Romero Extraction Oil project, as that will be my speaking point. I have lived in the Bella Romero Community for most of my adult life. It has been a lovely country setting on the edge of town up until the past two years. The Extraction Oil and Gas project has changed the atmosphere and quality of life. There is an industrial site instead of corn fields within view of my home but far to close to the school and playing fields. The shift brought with it sound, air and light pollution. We have adjusted without agreement. I have been a teacher my whole working life, I have studied and gained a doctorate in education in order to understand children's needs and developmental requirements. I have worked with children with challenges both academic and emotional. My greatest concern has been for the children at Bella Romero school. The population has high needs,including trauma. It is primarily people of color who are not necessarily in position to speak for themselves. The psychological, physical and developmental impacts of a gas and oil industrial site so near are many. They will carry those impacts into their lives.
Shirley is speaking at
(5:30 a.m. departure, $45 fee, lunch included)
This tour is full. If you wish to be put on the waiting list, contact Kevin Beaty.
Due to weather conditions, the sunrise hike and visit to NOAA has been cancelled.
Drilling rigs have become as much a part of the landscape of northern Colorado as the panoramic views of the Rockies. Residents in the far suburbs of Denver and Greeley live with one foot in the booming Colorado tech and tourism economy, and the other in an oil and gas industrial zone. On this tour, we’ll start with a sunrise hike on the Pawnee National Grassland to see public lands forever changed by fossil fuel development. We’ll also visit a fracking site and travel to a Denver suburb to see firsthand how residents live and work sometimes steps away from active wells. The day will end with a beer and the chance to talk with residents and scientists who can explain fracking’s environmental and health costs. Total drive time: 5 hours. Good for those looking for some exercise.
Advance registration is required for all Thursday tours. Attendance on each tour is strictly limited, so registering early is important. All Thursday tours will return to the Lory Student Center at about 5:00 p.m.
IMPORTANT DEPARTURE INFORMATION: Please meet your tour leaders near the SEJ registration desk on the third floor of the Lory Student Center at the listed departure time to check-in for your tour. Eat breakfast at your hotel before arrival or plan to purchase breakfast at the Lory Student Center food court, which opens at 7:00 a.m.; coffee and snacks will be provided for tours that depart before the food court opens. Each tour will leave the ballroom as a group to board buses at a nearby location. Do not be late.
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