Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)


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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Sat January 12, 2013
The Spotlight

The Natural Gas Boom: Doing More Harm Than Good?

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 3:00 pm

An expert panel debates the pros and cons of the natural gas boom during an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado.
Michael Alvarez
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The United States is in the midst of a natural gas boom — about 200,000 gas wells have been drilled in the past decade. The boom has been fueled by the use of hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — which involves pumping a mixture of water and chemicals into the ground to get access to the gas.

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