Rod Brueske’s Story Against Fracking – Longmont, CO

RodBrueskeSoon after drilling operations began on January 8, 2012 in Longmont, CO, Rod Brueske and his family noticed a chemical smell. They then began suffering nosebleeds and other problems that forced them to move into a hotel for safety. An eventual inspection by state regulators revealed that a well on the property was out of compliance and pumping pollution straight into the air. Here’s Rod’s story:

A builder and second generation Coloradan, Rod moved to the outskirts of Longmont to restore a 1904 farmstead and raise his family on an organic farm. But on January 8, 2012, Encana began building a drill pad across the street.

The vibrations from the operations rattled the house and shook their children awake. As drilling continued, the family began noticing a chemical taste in their mouth. His young son even began having nosebleeds that would last as long as three hours and the whole family began suffering from gastrointestinal problems. Worried for his family’s health, Rod reported the problems to the state and moved his family into a hotel.

An eventual inspection by state regulators revealed that a well on the property was out of compliance and pumping pollution straight into the air. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, initially dismissive of Rod’s complaints, fined the company $53,000 – far less than what would have been required under earlier regulations.

Rod is fighting to force Encana to pay a larger fine, one that will truly serve as a deterrent in the future.   The son of two World War II veterans (both his mother and father were in the armed forces during the war), Rod considers it his duty to fight so that people impacted by the oil and gas drilling rush have a voice.

That is why he is traveling to Washington, DC for the Stop the Frack Attack People’s Forum. “I am a proud American, a proud Coloradoan and a patriot. I believe in democracy. And our democracy’s on shaky ground right now. My parents fought for this country, for the people. They didn’t fight for the rights of corporations.”

Additional coverage of Rod’s battle against fracking in Longmont: Longmont Fracking Stories – Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont

Join us this Wednesday, May 22nd at the People’s Forum and hear Rod’s powerful tale on her fight against fracking.

12-2pm, United Methodist Building