By Howard Pankratz – The Denver Post – September 9th, 2013
Gov. John Hickenlooper said Monday he welcomes the increasing production of natural gas in Colorado while holding the oil-and-gas industry, which is behind the upswing in production, to “highest standards” to prevent any negative effects of fracking.
“I think horizontal drilling works. I’m not against it,” said the governor.
Hand-in-hand with that, Hickenlooper added, there must be regulations that protect Colorado residents and the environment.
“We have been able to enact one of the strongest setback rules in the nation,” he said.
He added that industry and citizens benefit from responsibly developing natural-gas reserves and by putting in place “pragmatic” regulations to protect the environment and human health.
“It can be done,” said the governor.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of extracting natural gas from within shale-rock layers deep within the earth.
Hickenlooper made the comments during a two-day forum on shale energy at the Omni Interlocken Resort co-hosted by him and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.