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Fracking’s past, present and future, part III: Future fracking

Picture yourself standing in an open field in the plains of Weld County.  Look into the distance to a point about two miles away.  It is simply amazing to think that if an oil and gas well were to be drilled where you are standing, it could be extracting crude oil and natural gas from [...]

By |July 30th, 2015|blog, fracking, hydraulic fracturing, oil|Comments Off on Fracking’s past, present and future, part III: Future fracking

Fracking’s past, present and future, part II: Fracking in 2015

22,000… that’s a big number, depending on what you are talking about.  64.4 million… that’s a much bigger number.  30 billion… bigger still. There are over 22,000 active oil and natural gas wells in Weld County today.  Those wells produced 64.4 million barrels of oil in 2014 and over 2,000 trillion Btu of natural gas, [...]

By |July 23rd, 2015|blog, fracking, hydraulic fracturing, oil|Comments Off on Fracking’s past, present and future, part II: Fracking in 2015

Fracking’s past, present and future, part I: A brief history of fracking

The idea of burning whale oil to light and heat our homes seems like a pretty foreign concept to Weld County residents.  That’s right, Free Willy and his friends were once hunted so that our ancestors could light lanterns to see after dark.  Fortunately, the practice largely died out in the early 1900s, saving our [...]

By |July 16th, 2015|blog, fracking, hydraulic fracturing, oil|Comments Off on Fracking’s past, present and future, part I: A brief history of fracking

Fracking and water contamination – no systemic risk

Flaming faucets. Contaminated aquifers. Poisoned wells. NONSENSE! Thank you to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proving what we have known for years: There is no widespread, systemic risk to groundwater associated with hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Early in June, the EPA released the results of a study originally requested by Congress in 2010 to determine [...]

By |June 18th, 2015|blog, energy and environment, energy and water, fracking, fracking and safety, hydraulic fracturing|Comments Off on Fracking and water contamination – no systemic risk