A misleading radio ad is floating around the state that claims Colorado has “not had one instance of groundwater contamination associated with drilling and hydraulic fracturing.” The truth is, as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and a Denver Post investigation have proven, groundwater contamination remains a major problem with oil and gas production in our state.
It’s especially troubling that this radio ad was recorded by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. Click here to ask Hickenlooper to take the ad down now.
We don’t believe that Hickenlooper is intentionally lying on behalf of the oil and gas industry. To his credit, Hickenlooper led the campaign to increase disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” Frankly, Hickenlooper’s record of support for disclosure and transparency makes the misleading statements in this radio ad even harder to understand.
The Facts: as the Denver Post reported last September, “among the spills reported to state health officials this year, about 54 were related to oil and gas operations and released about 2.1 million gallons of ‘produced water’ extracted during drilling, along with gas and fracking fluids, diesel fuel, oil and other chemicals.” In total, the Post reported, “Colorado groundwater was contaminated in 58 spills this year. Streams were contaminated 18 times.” 1
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Colorado is blessed with natural resources vital to our economy and national security. The companies that want to develop those resources can afford to do it right, but the only way they will feel the pressure to do so is if the citizens of Colorado understand the facts.
Click here to send a message to Gov. Hickenlooper, urging him to withdraw this misleading ad.