Environmental groups, industry are generally satisfied with outcome of rule-making process
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — A new Colorado rule governing the disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing — fracking — is garnering praise from industry and conservation groups.
“This rule is an important step forward that will provide Coloradans with information they need to ensure the safety of their drinking water, air and health,” said Earthjustice attorney Mike Freeman. “While the conservation community did not get everything it wanted, Colorado’s disclosure rule provides a good foundation for ensuring that hydraulic fracturing is done safely in this state.”
The Colorado requirements are among the most extensive in the U.S. and the Colorado Oil & Gas Association is also satisfied with the outcome.
“Colorado now has the strongest hydraulic fracturing rule in the country,” said COGA president and CEO Tisha Schuller. “But more importantly, we have gained a model process to bring together industry, environmental advocates, and regulators to ensure energy development continues in keeping with protecting the environmental resources of our state.”
“The Commission’s unanimous support for the new hydraulic fracturing disclosure rule is great news for Colorado. The Hickenlooper administration, environmental groups, and the oil and gas industry have agreed upon a rule of which all Coloradoans can be proud.
The Colorado Oil & Gas Association’s work emphasizes protecting groundwater in our operations. This new rule, combined with COGA’s baseline water sampling program, will provide our communities with the tools they need to ensure groundwater is protected.
The public can review hydraulic fracturing fluids on a well-by-well basis at www.fracfocus.org.