Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Clean Water Action Asks COGCC to Protect Coloradoans From Fracking

For Immediate Release
November 30, 2011
Clean Water Action (
Contact: Gary Wockner, 970-218-8310


Fort Collins, CO – Yesterday, northernColorado based Clean Water Action sent a letter to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) through COGCC’s online comment tool asking for better protections against oil and gas fracking in Colorado. The letter contains three asks:
  1. Closing the "trade secret loophole".
  2. Disclosing the amount and source of water used for drilling and fracking.
  3. Placing "markers" in fracking fluids so that polluters can be held accountable.
The letter is here:

"Fracking is racing across northern Colorado – the entire region is being used as a huge guinea pig," said Gary Wockner, Program Director of Clean Water Action. "At a minimum, we need to close the trade secret loophole, find out how much water is being used in fracking, and mark fracking fluids so that polluters can be held accountable."

On Dec. 5, 2011, COGCC is holding a meeting to discuss new rules for fracking in Colorado. The meeting comes as drilling and fracking is moving into suburban neighborhoods across the Front Range, and as two oil companies – Anadarkoand Noble– just announced major new oil finds in the Niobrara Shale formations in northern Colorado. Weld County already has more active oil and gas wells – about 18,000 – than any other county in the U.S. Anadarko and Noble suggest they may drill a few thousand more wells over the next several years in northern Colorado.

Clean Water Action’s first request is to close the “trade secret loophole.” Earlier in 2011, Governor Hickenlooper announced that he wanted public disclosure of fracking fluids, but when the rules were proposed they contained a“trade secret loophole” where companies could avoid public disclosure.

“If we don’t close the trade secret loophole, this rule is meaningless,” said Wockner. “Governor Hickenlooper needs to see this promise through and make sure COGCC closes the loophole.”

Second, Clean Water Action wants drilling and fracking companies to disclose the amount of water they are using and the source of that water. In the last few months, considerable media attention has focused on drilling and fracking as a major user of water potentially adding more stress to Colorado’s water supply problems. Estimates range from a few hundred thousand to a few million acre feet of water will be needed for drilling and fracking over the next few decades.

“Nobody seems to know how much water drilling and fracking uses,” said Wockner. “Let’s go right to the source and have the drillers and frackers report their water use so that Colorado knows how much additional stress this will place on our rivers and farms which are already being drained and dried up.”

Finally, Clean Water Action asked that “markers” be placed in fracking fluids so that pollution can be traced to the source. 

“When pollution occurs, we need to hold polluters accountable,” said Wockner. “Putting chemical markers in fracking fluids will let the public and regulators know who caused the pollution and who needs to pay to clean it up.”

The public can comment through COGCC’s website here:


Please click HERE to post your comments/concerns.
Your voice is needed.

Below are the current listed comments. You can click on the blue link to read what each person has stated.

COGCC Rulemaking 2011
Submitted by (group or person) Date Received
Tracy Dahl 11/04/2011
Philip F. Incao, MD 11/07/2011
David Hayes 11/07/2011
David Hayes 11/08/2011
South Park Coalition 11/15/2011
Mary J. Talbott 11/15/2011
Noalani Terry 11/15/2011
Kerry Willson 11/17/2011
Michael Roach 11/18/2011
Cynthia Ziegler 11/18/2011
Todd Sheets 11/21/2011
Catherine Deuter 11/21/2011
Gusti Boiani 11/21/2011
Beth Barta 11/21/2011
Sue Navy 11/21/2011
Richard White 11/21/2011
Kim Sweitzer 11/21/2011
Holly Powell 11/21/2011
Charlie Hood 11/21/2011
Frank Coleman 11/22/2011
Bob Arrington 11/23/2011
Paul Potyen 11/23/2011
Russell Evans 11/23/2011
Alice Gustafson 11/23/2011
Lisa Bracken 11/25/2011
Kathleen Foos 11/25/2011
Mark Begay 11/25/2011
Anne Bliss 11/25/2011
Barbara Bernhardt 11/25/2011
Ralph D'Alessandro 11/25/2011
Karen Michaelis 11/25/2011
David Cale 11/25/2011
Claudette Konola 11/25/2011
JoAnn Moon 11/25/2011
Tom Phillips 11/25/2011
Peter Pierson 11/25/2011
Jon Schulz 11/25/2011
Deborah Stucklen 11/25/2011
Jeanette & Mark Sullivant 11/25/2011
Rein & JanVan West 11/25/2011
Joan Woodward 11/25/2011
Rick Blotter 11/28/2011

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