Oil and gas industry leaders say support for cleaner-burning natural gas is on the rise among policymakers in western states. But officials attending the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s annual meeting say support for actually extracting the natural gas on western lands is another story.
Oil and gas industry officials meeting in Denver say the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a safe technology that doesn’t pollute groundwater. But they say it’s getting a bad rap among some policymakers and in the media.
Governor John Hickenlooper wants to force oil and gas companies in Colorado to publicly disclose the chemicals in their hydraulic fracturing fluids. The practice known widely as “fracking” has been subject to scrutiny lately as reports of groundwater contamination near gas wells have escalated around the country. The Governor made the surprise announcement of his plans while delivering the opening speech yesterday at a Colorado Oil and Gas Association conference in Denver.
Governor John Hickenlooper has appointed four new members to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The move is winning initial praise from industry representatives, but some environmentalists are left wondering whether his choices will keep the commission balanced.