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Study: Living near oil and gas wells could impact short-term health

Posted at 6:08 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 19:08:01-04

TULSA — The Colorado Department of Health and Environment commissioned a study to look at potential health effects of living near an oil and gas well.

The study found there are some short-term health effects for people who live within 2,000 feet of an oil and-or gas well. Those include headaches, dizziness and nose bleeds. The study says those are caused by chemicals used in oil and gas operations. The study did not find any long-term effects.

"The study confirms prior research as well as our findings out in the field that there is not an enhanced level of cancer," said John Putnam, Environmental Programs Director.

The study used emissions date from 2016 and is based on computer modeling.

If you're wondering how close a well can be built to your home, you can check the municipal codes and private covenants for your area.

You can read more about the study here.

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