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July 09, 2010 11:35 PM UTC

Colorado Leads Region in Drilling Permits, Concerns Mount

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  • by: ClubTwitty

Strike another blow to the tired meme that Colorado’s sensible regulations are slowing development of the state’s oil and gas resources.

Attacking these rules specifically and environmental regulations in general has been standard fare for both Republican gubernatorial candidates, both Republican senatorial candidates, and down the GOP ticket to congressional districts and county commissions.  

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel is reporting:

Despite heightened regulations, Colorado tops the region and is among the national leaders in oil and gas drilling permits for the first half of the year, a state regulatory official said Thursday.

“Colorado’s oil and gas industry is currently faring better than that in many other states, including our closest neighbors, while providing enhanced protection for the environment and wildlife,” David Neslin, director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, said in a memo to the commission.

Garfield County continues to be the state leader in permitting activity, closely followed by Weld County.

And while jobs, budgets and the economy will remain a top focus in the 2010 elections, true Colorado leaders would be preparing us for the next onslaught of drilling activity–making sure that when the activity and the jobs come back meaningful regulations are in place to protect our water, air, land and communities.  

The Sentinel article notes that 2010 is set to be second in record number of drilling permits issued. Meanwhile concerns mount across the country as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency holds public meetings on its pending study on the impacts from hydraulic fracturing.

Many residents of Fort Worth are angry and scared about natural gas drilling: That much was clear from a public meeting convened there by the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday evening.

The meeting, which drew more than 600 people, was intended to gather public input ahead of an EPA study (requested by Congress) on how groundwater is affected by hydraulic fracturing, a process that involves shooting a mix of chemicals and water deep underground to break up rock and extract gas (which is plentiful in the Fort Worth area). Gas companies say the process occurs far below the water table and is safe, but a recent film called Gasland  showed scenes from around the country of people being able to light their tap water on fire. One family from Bowie has done this too, and there are also reports that a Crowley woman (who has gas wells near her house) found that her hair turned orange after she washed it.

In Colorado, as elsewhere in the gaspatch, fracking remains a concern as do other threats to the area’s water supply.  Hundreds of spills have plagued the Colorado fields alone, and as massive new shale plays come online back east, similar tales are becoming common from New York and Pennsylvania, to Texas, Louisiana, and beyond.

Candidates deserve careful scrutiny of their claims in this heated season, which too often have gone transcribed with little fact-checking.  

Coloradans need to know that our clean water, air and healthy landscapes won’t be sacrificed in a rush to welcome drillers back.

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7 thoughts on “Colorado Leads Region in Drilling Permits, Concerns Mount

  1. .

    I scrolled to the top, and I saw his “RANGER” chapeau.  I read a little of what he had to say on energy policy.  

    I hereby nickname him “CAP and TIRADE.”  Love that cap.  

    Reminds me of climbing a 30′ telephone pole back in ’79, walking across another telephone pole to a third pole, negotiating an obstacle in the middle.  

    It would have been scary, if I wasn’t nearly comatose after 6 or 7 weeks without sleep.  

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  2. The fracking fluid issue really concerns me. There’s just too much not known about the enviromental impacts of this stuff, so it certainly warrants the EPA study. The BP blowout is proof that despite energy industry assurances that the worst possible scenario can’t happen, it can and does happen.

    This issue reminds me of the MTBE additive that was put in gasoline after lead was removed, but decades later it was found the chemical was getting into the groundwater from leaking tanks with serious health ramifications, including cancer. MTBE is no longer used, discontinued in 2006.

    I would hope fracking is safe, because I support the increased production and use of natural gas as a cleaner carbon “bridge” fuel as renewables take over a bigger energy market share. But not at the expense of long term environmental damage and health concerns.

     

  3. It has been amazing to watch the very sensible regulations that both then environmental community and the industry worked together on be demonized during this election.  I feel that we’ve been hearing more about the actual state of the industry lately – and how the o&g rules have been protecting our communities.  That’s a good thing.  Now we need to amplify those voices.

  4. Despite heightened regulations, Colorado tops the region and is among the national leaders in oil and gas drilling permits for the first half of the year, a state regulatory official said Thursday.

     That’s just so wrong.  Left wing enviro radicals led by Bill Ritter ran the O&G industry out of the state on a rail.  That caused the worst depression since the Panic of 1837 — also triggered by a tax and spend socialist Democrat, Andrew Jackson.

      Like Maes said, we desperately need to get down on our knees and beg forgiveness from the oil and gas industry and lure them back.

      The only problem is that there are so many drilling rigs cramming this state that it’s hard to find a clearing big enough to allow us to get down on our knees.  But be patient, we’re working on that.

    1. Since I’m in construction, I have knee pads that I have affectionately nicknamed my “Monicas”.  Great for interior trim carpentry , but would work equally as well for groveling and begging the O & G industry for forgiveness. In fact, the groveling time could be greatly increased, undoubtedly resulting in an immediate increase in O & G production.

      And at only $24.95 at Home Depot, I bet they’re cheaper than a barrel of fracking fluid.

       

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