Colo congresswoman wants regulation of `fracking'

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - Colorado Democratic Congresswoman Diana DeGette plans to reintroduce a bill that would regulate a widely used oil and gas drilling process under federal environmental laws.

The bill would repeal a provision in a 2005 energy bill that prevents regulation of hydraulic fracturing under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The exemption was approved after a federal
report said there was little or no threat to underground drinking water from the practice.

Critics say that report was flawed. They blame the process, known as ``fracking,'' for health and environmental problems in oil and gas fields in the Rockies and other regions.

Fracking involves injecting liquids, sand and chemicals underground to force open channels in tight sand and rock formations so the oil and gas will flow.
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  • by voting taxpayer Location: colorado on Jun 5, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    DeGette needs to take her pillow and go live on the Roan plateau.Maybe then she might, might wake up and have some respect for working american voting taxpayers VOTE people VOTE
  • by out of work! Location: grand junction on Jun 5, 2009 at 05:38 AM
    These people in Denver need to back off. They have put a lot of Western Slope people out of work. Do they know that drilling and all that goes with that feeds their families and our? Or is it they just don't care. I think that they need to get out here and take a look at how many men and women are out of work because all the little petty laws and rules they think need to be passed. It is really sad when a 3yr old asks if she can go ask her daddy's boss if they will let him have his job back, or when she brings her change out and says here Daddy I have money so you can get your job back. But they aren't thinking about the families that they are hurting out here. Go ahead pass some more laws see how much longer people can last out here on the western slope.
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