Landowners lobby for protections in natural gas field |

Landowners lobby for protections in natural gas field

DENVER ” Steadying herself as she stood behind a table, Chris Mobaldi, in halting speech nearly incomprehensible because of a heavy, foreign accent, joined other Coloradans at the state Capitol Monday to campaign for legislation giving landowners more protections in the natural gas fields.

Mobaldi, 58, said during the news conference that she “was born and raised in the USA” but has what is called foreign accent syndrome, a rare condition thought to be caused by neurological damage.

She and her husband, Steve, believe her illness was caused by releases in the air and water from a gas well about 800 feet from their home. The couple moved to Grand Junction a few months ago.

Mobaldi said not long after gas drilling started near their home in Rifle, she had severe pain in her hands and feet, and itching and burning skin. Her husband and friends said she looks about 20 years older than she did a couple of years ago.

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