Colorado Energy News – Aug 4th 2011
Saying that transparency is the key, Governor Hickenlooper yesterday proposed that oil and gas companies publicly disclose the ingredients of their hydraulic fracturing fluids, even though he believes there is almost no chance the fluids are contaminating water wells.
Posted by Ann Rascalli
In front on an industry audience at the Colorado Oil & Gas Association conference in Denver, the Governor also wants to see a voluntary program to test groundwater around oil and gas wells before and after drilling to check for signs of contamination.
“Everyone in this room understands that hydraulic fracturing doesn’t connect to groundwater, that it’s almost inconceivable that groundwater will be contaminated,” said Hickenlooper, who worked as a petroleum geologist in Colorado back in the 1980s before launching his career in restaurants and microbrewery.