Gas drilling arrived in southern Colorado’s Raton Basin in the late 1990s, and along with it came heavy traffic, noise and what many locals say is contaminated water.
Numerous residents discovered they had a chemical in their water called “tert-Butyl alcohol” or “TBA.”
The state investigated the matter and published a report suggesting TBA was naturally occurring, among other explanations. Now the case is closed and the report not only leaves more questions than it answers, but it resigns residents to living with water they dare not drink.
This investigative report is in two-parts below.
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