Cathy Proctor – Reporter – Denver Business Journal – Monday, December 5, 2011, 2:20pm MST
A lengthy hearing on proposed disclosure rules for hydraulic fracturing in Colorado drew a standing-room-only crowd Monday before the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), which oversees industry operations in the state.
The commission is set to decide new rules mandating more public disclosure of the chemicals that oil and gas companies use in fracking. (DBJ subscribers: Access a background report here.)
The techniques, used in nearly all Colorado’s oil and gas wells, combine water, sand and chemicals to crack underground rock formations to release the oil and gas.
More than 70 people packed into the Colorado State Land Board’s conference room and hallways at 1127 Sherman Street Monday morning for two hours of public comment.
The commissioners are expected to hear from industry, local government and environmental representatives in the afternoon. If no decision is made Monday, the hearing will be continued to a later date.