Facts About Fracking
1. Fracking has been safely used since 1947.
2. To date, more than 1.2 million wells have been fracked.
3. More than 90% of all oil and natural gas wells are fracked at some point during their lifespan. [source for facts 1-3: Interstate Oil & Gas Commission (IOGCC) and Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)]
4. Neither the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nor the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has ever found a connection to chemicals entering our groundwater as a result of the fracking process. Watch the former head of the EPA’s statement here: Testimony of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
5. Fracking is key to unlocking domestic oil and natural gas deposits so vast that by 2035, less than 1% of our nation’s overall natural gas usage will come from foreign imports. [source: World Energy Outlook 2015 Factsheet]
6. Before a well is fracked, several separate layers of cement and steel are installed to protect groundwater sources. [source: Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission FAQ]
7. Fracking fluid is 99.5 percent water and sand. The rest is a mixture of chemicals similar to household products found under your kitchen sink or in your garage. [source: Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission FAQ]
8. Under Colorado law, all oil and natural gas operators must publish their fracking ingredients. Anyone can access this information through www.fracfocus.org, a public Internet database. [source: Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Order 1R-114]
9. Fracking in Colorado uses only 0.1 percent of total water used in the state. [source: Colorado Division of Water Resources]
10. In 2012 alone, the oil and natural gas industry generated $29.6 billion for the Colorado economy, according to a recent University of Colorado study. That’s over 110,000 well-paying jobs and $1.6 billion in tax revenue for things that are important – like Colorado’s schools, parks and roads. [source: University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business, Assessment of Oil and Gas Industry 2012 Economic and Fiscal Contributions in Colorado]