Oil & Gas Health Information and Response Program now available

Mark Salley, Communications Director | 303-692-2013 | mark.salley@state.co.us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 27, 2016
 
 
DENVER —The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has established a new program the public can use to report their health concerns and get information related to oil and gas.
 
Individuals with such concerns can:
  • Call the hotline at 303-389-1687.
  • Fill out a form or find information on the website.
Dr. Larry Wolk, department executive director and chief medical officer, said, “People will talk to staff knowledgeable about possible effects of oil and gas on health. We will ask callers important questions about health and environmental conditions, and if we identify any situation with an immediate health impact, we will coordinate with state and local agencies to quickly address it.”
 
Investigations will depend on the details of each case. Actions by the department could include:
  • Documenting and mapping a health concern.
  • Working with health care providers, local public and environmental health agencies, state air quality specialists and/or oil and gas inspectors to address a concern.
In addition, people can use the website clearinghouse to find up-to-date information about the oil and gas industry, Colorado air and water quality studies and other health related information. The oil and gas health concern and information program was one of the recommendations made by Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Oil and Gas Task Force in 2015.
 
--30--