Anadarko's billion-barrel oil boom stirs fracking fears along Colorado's Front Range

November 15, 2011

"We look forward to supporting Anadarko, its workforce of 1,000 people already here and the thousands of contractors it hires throughout the state," Hickenlooper said. "We also continue to work proactively to maintain the highest safety and environmental standards for oil and gas companies in Colorado, while also cutting permit times and making it easier and more predictable to develop natural gas and oil here."

Udall calls fracking " safe technology"

RIFLE, Colorado -- U.S. Senator Mark Udall told local officials this week that he believes hydraulic fracturing, a technique for freeing up oil and gas deposits buried deep underground, is inherently safe and not a threat to human health.

" I want the industry to do everything possible to assure the public that fracking is safe ," Udall wrote in a followup email to the Post Independent, " including working with EPA on their study, releasing the list of materials used, and being completely transparent. One well contaminated or one person made sick is one too many ."

" I believe it's a safe technology ," said Udall. " It's resulted in a lot of home-grown energy being produced ."

House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Monument, regarding Hickenlooper saying that fracking, a controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas, has helped create jobs and provide new sources of fuel: " I appreciated his discussion on energy. I think you have to have it all, and I think his acknowledgment as a geologist, that was very intriguing. He said, " Oh, well, I wo n' t bore you with the whole issue ." I thought, " Well, I' d actually kind of like to hear the thinking on it. " That was very good. And the drive to be more energy independent could rest here in Colorado. Tha t' s a great opportunity ."


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