Friday, March 2, 2012

Hickenlooper apologizes to enviros over pro-fracking ad

FOX31 News
March 1, 2012,
by Eli Stokols

DENVER – Gov. John Hickenlooper Thursday looked to explain his decision to celebrate fracking in a radio ad on behalf of the oil and gas industry, and to apologize to environmental groups who were upset by it.

“Maybe we should have talked to the environmental groups before we did the ad,” Hickenlooper told FOX31 Denver during an exclusive interview at the Capitol.

Hickenlooper explained that the ad was meant to celebrate the new rule, agreed to last year by both the oil and gas industry and environmental groups, that forces companies to disclose more of the chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, a process in which a water-sand-chemical mix is shot deep beneath the ground to loosen mineral reserves for extraction.

“The oil and gas industry asked if we’d do some sort of an ad celebrating this compromise,” Hickenlooper said. “It wasn’t about celebrating oil and gas, it was celebrating this compromise. And we said sure.

What we should have done is reached out to the environmental community and asked if they were okay with the language. A few tweaks here and there and I think they would have been fine. Certainly, they would have appreciated being asked in advance.

“So I take that. That’s my fault.”

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Really Gov? What's really your fault is the lack of transparancy and what appears to be a hand-holding contest with the oil and gas industry.  You have appeared to step waaaay over the line and now your back-peddling.

Ever make beer Gov.? Ever drink too much?

1 comment:

  1. This tool is dense! "celebrate the new rule"? What is there to celebrate? The fact that we don't have to go on a scavenger hunt to find out which toxic chemicals a site used? Yes, let's break out the bubbly on that one! I hate back peddling.

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