Some things people can do if they think an O&G facility is affecting their health:
- Seek medical care, if the symptoms are life threatening call 911. When seeking medical care, they should encourage medical personal to note their concern about O&G exposure in their record.
- Keep a log of when and where the symptoms occur and any other observations (smells, noise, activities at the well site). The log should include date, time of day, the symptom(s), how long the symptoms lasted, odors/smells, noise, well pad activities (flaring, drilling, trucks on the site, tanks on site, etc.), and what they were doing before the symptoms started. They should also note whether or not they used any cleaning products, paints, or other products with an odor), pumped gas, etc. before the symptoms occurred. Share a copy of the log with their physician.
- Register a complaint at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) oil and gas compliant line: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/categories/services-and-information/environment/oil-and-gas.
- If they have sought medical care, urge their physician to also file a complaint on the complaint line.
- They can also register a complaint with the COGCC.