Every Earth Day, Coloradans from all walks of life celebrated our beautiful planet—from hunters and sportsmen to mountaineers to recreational campers and hikers. No matter how folks chose to celebrate they all have one thing in common: a love for Colorado’s breathtaking outdoors. And while many Coloradans see the benefits of safe and responsible oil and natural gas development every day of the year, we wanted to clear up any doubt in honor of Earth Day: fracking supports Colorado’s environment.
It’s no secret that Colorado’s great outdoors and natural resources are central to our pioneer identity and our energy economy. Our state has more than 23 million acres of public land, and thanks to the strong regulations we have in place, Coloradans can enjoy the great outdoors while also producing the energy we depend on.
In fact, in 2016, researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder announced that data collected from Colorado’s energy-rich Denver-Julesburg Basin showed no incidents of methane contamination from new fracking wells. Since then, multiple studies and reports from universities, leading experts, and regulatory bodies across the country, including the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, California’s Cawelo Water District, and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, have shown that fracking doesn’t harm our environment.
This is great news for our state’s economy and our environment. Bottom-line, fracking has been a key part of our state for decades. Now more than ever, we need to get the facts out and protect Colorado’s environment and energy future.