In his 2017 State of the State address, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper emphasized how Colorado has worked to “put the energy needs and costs of hard working Coloradans before any special interest agenda.” This is a big step forward. Put simply, Colorado’s oil and natural gas industry is at the center of our economy. From job creation to stronger environmental regulations to keeping our homes and businesses warm during the winter, safe and responsible energy development is a big part of our state’s identity.
But the benefits of fracking don’t stop at our borders.
In 2013, America’s fracking revolution paved the way for the United States to become a world-leading producer of oil and natural gas. In fact, an analysis from the Emory University School of Law argued that America had “returned to the role of energy-producing superpower” thanks to “a technological revolution in natural gas and oil extraction.” And a 2016 Forbes article wrote that fracking and advancements in energy production, including horizontal drilling, had continued to make the U.S. “the world’s pre-eminent energy powerhouse.”
Thanks to exponential advances in extraction and exploration technology, states like Colorado are proving again and again that fracking is charting the future of American energy. In 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey released data showing that Colorado’s Mancos Shale formation in the Piceance Basin contains more than 66 trillion cubic feet of natural gas—enough to heat an estimated 994 million homes for an entire year. As Governor Hickenlooper put it in the State of the State address: “We’ve become one of the best states in the country for natural gas production.”
At the end of the day, fracking touches almost every aspect of our lives in Colorado. From keeping us warm on chilly days to powering lights on Main Street and in our living rooms, fracking is leading the way to a safe, reliable energy future.