Testing the waters for fracking safety

Posted: Dec 12, 2012

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The Denver Post

Colorado has been in the forefront of nearly every regulatory area governing hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas, and now it is about to move ahead — or perhaps we should say extend its lead — in terms of groundwater testing, too.

We think that's not only prudent, it's essential. We're also convinced that despite differences among the various parties to the discussions, a consensus should be possible. On Monday, the public may find out if such a compromise is in the cards when the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission holds a hearing to set rules for water sampling.

In an era in which fracking has become controversial and public concern, rightly or wrongly, is heightened as never before, Colorado needs a comprehensive system that secures data from every new fracking site.

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