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Protect children’s health and safety

A headline in the Sunday, Sept. 23 Broomfield Enterprise and accompanying story presented the pros and cons of Proposition 112. As a child psychologist for 25 years at one of Broomfield’s finest and most beloved schools, the over-riding issue is how to best protect the health and safety of children and families.

This vote gives us the opportunity to keep fracking operations 2,500 feet away from our schools, playgrounds, homes, sources of water, and hospitals. Physicians for Social Responsibility have documented the serious health risks which accompany oil and gas and fracking operations. These include infant mortality, birth defects, low birth weight, cancer, and asthma.

The internet and airwaves are filled with expensive, negative advertising deploying scare tactics from an oil and gas industry fighting to maintain their profits at the expense of our air, water, and environment. They have a $30 million war chest to defeat this measure, claiming inflated financial and job losses.

Colorado already has more than 50,000 active wells (as well as more than 20,000 abandoned wells). These will not be affected by the passage of Proposition 112. To see how close these old, current, and proposed wells are to your house and your children’s schools, see the interactive map at corising. org.

For a number of years, there was a warning sign on the door of our Broomfield school advising that no peanut products were allowed inside. This was because one child had a severe peanut allergy. Don’t we want to protect children from substances in our air, water, and environment that affect all of them? Let’s put these oil and gas operations where they belong: away from children. Please vote Yes on Proposition 112.

Dr. Bob Hopper

Boulder

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