Behind the scenes look at the safety of fracking

By: Ian Margol Email
By: Ian Margol Email

Rulison, Colo. (KKCO) --- Recent reports, including an article by Colorado Public News, have been raising concerns about the long-term health affects of fracking.

But officials with the Western Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association and WPX insist claims about fracking being dangerous for people and harmful to the environment are greatly exaggerated.

"It's important to note that hydraulic fracturing treatment technologies are one of the most important technologies in the world today and certainly the most important technology for western colorado's economy," says Western Colorado COGA Executive Director, David Ludlam.

Many concerns about fracking stem from the understanding that parts of the fracking solution used in the process are toxic chemicals.

In fact, more than 99% of fracking fluid is made up of just water and sand.

"The state of Colorado has the most transparent regulations related to hydraulic fracturing in the nation it goes a long way to helping address concerns that people have had historically about the technologies we use," says Ludlam.

For a full list of the composition of fracking fluid for every site in Colorado, anyone can visit FracFocus.org.


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