Clear skies are essential to stargazing, and outdoor conservation in Colorado is a top priority year-round. As Coloradans, we lead an active lifestyle. From rock climbing and mountaineering to exploring miles of hiking trails and pristine rivers to visiting some of the best landscapes in the nation for stargazing, our commitment to our wilderness is a hallmark of our way of life.
For more than 70 years, fracking has been a crucial part of Colorado—from helping build our economy to supporting our outdoor traditions. Today, Colorado is one of the largest natural gas producers in the U.S. and a leader in energy, thanks to technology like hydraulic fracturing. Every year in Colorado, the oil and natural gas industry supports the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) through severance taxes to help protect our home. And, Colorado’s strong oil and natural gas regulations not only focus on the health and safety of Coloradans, but also help keep our air, land, and water safe.
Colorado has more than 23 million acres of public land, and thanks to new technology like horizontal drilling, Coloradans can hunt, fish, stargaze, and explore the great outdoors while also producing clean-burning natural gas. In fact, horizontal drilling uses well sites that are 30% smaller than traditional drilling methods, while unlocking 60 times more energy—leaving more room for Coloradans to enjoy the outdoors.
When it comes to Colorado’s outdoors, our commitment to safe, responsible energy production helps keep Colorado a global leader in natural gas and a leader in outdoor recreation. And we can all agree that’s a good thing for Colorado.