As home to 42 state parks that protect habitat and offer hunting and fishing opportunities, we’re all invested in the great outdoors.
Every year in Colorado, the oil and natural gas industry supports the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) through generous donations to help protect our home. Thanks to fracking, funds reached $117.5 million in 2014.
But that’s not all. Year round, wildlife conservation is a priority. Our state’s strong regulations not only focus on the health and safety of Coloradans, but also consistently work hard to keep our air, land, and water safe for generations to come.
- Reducing Land Disturbance: Horizontal drilling uses 30% smaller well sites than traditional methods and creating energy at a more efficient rate. This means less land disturbance and more land for wildlife to roam.
- Limiting Emissions: Colorado was the first state in the nation to adopt groundbreaking regulations reducing methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. This captures 95% of pollutants and curbs emissions by more than 60,000 tons, preserving the air we breathe.
- Ensuring Secure Wells: Wells are encased in multiple layers of steel and concrete to ensure there is no contamination to the surrounding land and water supply.
- Protecting Groundwater: 26 accredited studies published confirm that fracking does not contribute to groundwater contamination across the country, thanks to regulations that require sampling before and after drilling, public disclosure contents in fracking fluid, and effective setback regulations.
This hunting and fishing season, remember how responsible oil and natural gas development helps preserve the great outdoors.