Citizens for a Healthy Community (CHC) is a 450-member strong grassroots organization established by a group of residents in 2009, who were concerned about risks of large-scale oil and gas develop to the community’s health.
PROTECTING AIR, WATER AND FOODSHEDS FROM IRREPARABLE HARM
Our mission is to protect communities within the air, water and foodsheds of the Delta County region of Southwestern Colorado from the impacts of oil and gas development through advocacy, research, being a watchdog, implementing safeguards, community mobilization, and education. We are one of the few organizations making the connection between oil and gas leasing on public lands and public health.
OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE
Delta County Region’s food, air, and watershed is recognized and protected as a place where oil and gas development is neither appropriate nor acceptable.
Citizens for a Healthy Community’s mission is to protect our communities from the impacts of oil and gas development through advocacy, research, being a watchdog, implementing safeguards, community mobilization, and education.
ABOUT THE NORTH FORK VALLEY
Delta County and the surrounding lands are a distinctive place in Colorado. It’s where we choose to create our future, raise our families, build our businesses and connect with the land. Like many who live here, visitors come to this corner of Colorado’s Western Slope to tread into the hills, take in the rural lifestyle, pick a peach, hunt or cast a line in our clear streams and rivers. But our surrounding lands, the watersheds that supply our irrigation and drinking water, our communities and our health are threatened by oil and gas drilling.
In Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Texas and other places where gas drilling and fracking (the process of injecting fluids and chemicals deep underground to release gas) has occurred, water is contaminated, smog is common and miles of roads scar the land. We believe that there are places that are simply inappropriate for oil and gas development to occur, and that this inherently risky practice poses unacceptable threats to public health, the environment, and our distinct quality of life.
CHC MAJOR GOALS/PROJECTS
- Protect the North Fork Valley
- Advocacy/Community Engagement
- Campaigns against new leasing and proposed development
- Protected Area Classifications
- Government Accountability
- Administrative Remedies
- Legal Challenges
- Baseline Air Quality Program
- Secure Pipeline Safety Regulations on rural gas gathering lines
Click here for CHC’s 2015 Annual Report.