Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)

5:00am

Mon December 5, 2011
Environment

Colorado Regulators Mull 'Fracking' Disclosure Rule

An oil and gas well along the Colorado Front Range.
KUNC file photo

At a hearing this morning, Colorado regulators will consider a new rule that would force oil and gas companies to disclose what chemicals they use when hydraulically fracturing wells. The industry uses these chemicals along with a mix of water and sand to “frack” wells deep beneath the earth.  Nearby states like Wyoming and Texas recently put similar “mandatory disclosure” laws on the books and many oil and gas companies have recently come on board with Colorado's proposal.  But some say the rule doesn’t go far enough.

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10:50am

Tue August 2, 2011
Energy

Colorado Governor Calls for Public Disclosure of Fracking Fluids

KUNC file photo

Governor John Hickenlooper says he wants oil and gas companies in Colorado to publicly disclose the chemicals in their hydraulic fracturing, or fracking fluids.  Speaking at a conference sponsored by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association in Denver Tuesday, the Governor said he wants the state’s oil and gas regulatory commission to adopt a new rule to that end by the end of the year.

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6:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
Environment

“Fracking” Impacts Debated in D.C.

Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-Denver) has authored a bill that would require all fracking companies disclose to the public what they’re injecting into the ground.
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In Congress, the oil and gas debate is starting to move away from off-shore drilling rigs to hydraulic fracturing on land. It’s a process commonly known as “fracking.” Many opponents fear the practice contaminates drinking water in areas where it’s used – including here right in Colorado.

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4:33pm

Tue May 24, 2011
Business

'Unconventional' Oil Touted at Denver Conference

KUNC file photo

Oil industry officials and state leaders meeting in Denver say tapping the region’s so-called unconventional oil reserves will be key for an economic recovery – and for filling state coffers. 

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