The Daily Camera ran an interesting article with staff comments from a report on the large infrastructure costs associated with fracking.
On the opposite page was an ad of Governor Hickenlooper touting the economic and environmental protections from the new disclosure rule. Interestingly, the fine print at the bottom is “This message is brought to you as a public service by Colorado Oil and Gas Association.” So that is who has Governor Hickenlooper’s ear. I have known that he is not listening to me, and probably not to most of the readers of this letter.
The public is learning about the environmental, health, and property damages wrought upon our neighbors in Weld County and other parts of Boulder County. We are not ignorant about this issue any more. The disclosure rule itself is a bit like the state preparing to kill an innocent prisoner, and saying “No worries, we’re going to disclose what’s in the lethal injection!” In fact all of the regulations touted by Governor Hickenlooper and Colorado Environmental Coalition are obviously ineffective. Not only do we have physical evidence of the damage they claim to avoid, but there are also only 17 Inspectors for the approximately 47,000 active and 82,073 abandoned wells in Colorado.
There are numerous reports found on COGCC’s website that report groundwater contamination, surface water contamination, and to even include, aquifer contamination. I am absolutely surprised by what appears to be an erroneous statement,when factual state information reports the opposite.