Take Action: Protect Air Quality During A Respiratory Pandemic

Jared Polis - Governor of Colorado, CO State Land Board, CDPHE & COGCC

We are living in the midst of a global pandemic present in our state and our communities. This pandemic, COVID-19, results in respiratory illness, respiratory distress, and even death, at alarmingly high rates. People with reduced lung capacity, those immuno-suppressed and the elderly are at higher risk.

Oil and gas activities are responsible for as much as 40% of the pollution that resulted in the EPA reclassifying Colorado air quality as in “serious” violation of air quality laws, forcing stricter efforts to reduce air pollution. This pollution is greatly increasing our population’s risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19. Many businesses that increase public risk are being asked to shut down during this pandemic.

Join us in calling for all fossil fuel extraction and production activities known to release harmful VOCs and air pollution to be ceased, without exception, throughout the state for at least 30 days and until the pandemic is contained in Colorado (i.e. hospitals are not overwhelmed and the number of cases are on the decline).


To: Jared Polis - Governor of Colorado, CO State Land Board, CDPHE & COGCC
From: [Your Name]

We, the people of Colorado, declare that:

We are living in the midst of a global pandemic present in our state and our communities. This pandemic, COVID-19, results in respiratory illness, respiratory distress, and even death, at alarmingly high rates. People with reduced lung capacity, those immuno-suppressed and the elderly are at higher risk.

Oil and gas activities are responsible for as much as 40% of the pollution that resulted in the EPA reclassifying Colorado air quality as in “serious” violation of air quality laws, forcing stricter efforts to reduce air pollution. This pollution is greatly increasing our population’s risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19. Many businesses that increase public risk are being asked to shut down during this pandemic.

We, as citizens, must be afforded all available protections by our government; and we thereby submit that our elected officials:
Shall immediately and without hesitation or reservation, with emergency status employed, do all in their power, including the use of their protective police powers and the use of all available legal remedies, including those that stipulate the prioritization of health and safety, to require that all fossil fuel extraction and production activities known to release harmful VOCs and air pollution be ceased, without exception, throughout the state for at least 30 days and until the pandemic is contained in Colorado (i.e. hospitals are not overwhelmed and the number of cases are on the decline).

As the governor of our great state said during this crisis:

"These are historic times and they call for historic measures."

We call on you to act.

1.Air pollution increases coronavirus vulnerability, experts say”, By Christopher Carbone, Fox News, March 19, 2020 https://nypost.com/2020/03/19/air-pollution-increases-coronavirus-vulnerability-experts-say/?utm_campaign=iosapp&utm_source=facebook_app&fbclid=IwAR2vTGSN8tPXTJySuHNtCBSXGZNLmZN9ntmvVEsyT96X24qpMF3Tv02MGIM

2. If you live with air pollution you are already more vulnerable: https://earther.gizmodo.com/if-you-live-with-air-pollution-youre-already-more-vuln-1842366934?fbclid=IwAR1fGnPsW_nte2_uOuzJJg1upsV05oZaFCXspAyf0DPnwnfhERrLrrRqgjU