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Colorado: Shell gets OK for fracking in Spanish Peaks

State approves 14,000-foot-deep fracking operation without public hearing

The Spanish Peaks, with La Veta to the north.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Shell Oil & Gas has been cleared to drill deep into a unique geological formation near the Spanish Peaks, in southern Colorado, to explore new natural gas resources.

Huerfano County planning and elected officials gave the exploratory fracking project a conditional green light last week, to the dismay of many local residents who are clamoring for more upfront research and better safeguards against environmental impacts.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission last month denied a citizen request for a public hearing because the request didn’t come from a local government entry. Continue reading

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