Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)


Fri February 15, 2013

Lawmakers Likely to Take Up the Issue of ‘Fracking’

An oil and gas well on the outskirts of Erie, east of Boulder, Colo.
Photo by Kirk Siegler


Fri February 15, 2013
Oil and Gas

What's In The Fracking Fluid Hickenlooper Tried?

Cropped picture from a Halliburton promotional advertisment flier for CleanStim. Source: Halliburton.com

Governor Hickenlooper caused a minor stir nationally when he admitted to taking a swig of fracking fluid during a meeting with the U.S. Senate energy committee.

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Thu February 14, 2013

Weld County Commissioners Approve Explosives Bunkers

A screenshot from the GeoDynamics company website

Weld County Commissioners unanimously approved the construction of two bunkers that will have the capacity to store up to 7,000 pounds of explosives used in the hydraulic fracturing process

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Mon February 11, 2013

State Adopts New Drilling Setback Distance

A drill rig operating in the city of Greeley, Colo.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Colorado’s oil and gas conservation commission has voted in favor of increasing the drilling setback distance between oil and gas wells and homes statewide. But the move doesn’t go far enough for the environmental community and goes too far for industry.

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Sun January 27, 2013

Focus On Fracking Diverts Attention From Horizontal Drilling

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 8:00 am

Opponents of fracking demonstrate during the Winter X Games 2012 in Aspen, Colo.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Mention the recent surge in oil and natural gas production in the U.S. and one word comes to mind for a lot of people: "fracking." Hydraulic fracturing is a controversial technique that uses water, sand and potentially hazardous chemicals to break up rock deep underground to release oil and natural gas.

But there's another technology that is just as responsible for drilling booms happening across the country: horizontal drilling.

Environmental Consequences

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