The verdict is in. Fracking can be done safely in Larimer County. Contrary to popular belief, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, isn’t a new process. In fact, since 1947, more than 1.2 million wells have been fracked across the country. In Colorado, fracking has been done safely since the late 1960s. Today, there are more than 40,000 oil and gas wells in production in Colorado and 10 of the nation’s 100 largest natural gas fields and three of the 100 largest oil fields are found in Colorado.
If we eliminate fracking, we also eliminate drilling for oil and natural gas.
Scientific studies and data from federal and international agencies show that the oil and gas industry is helping the U.S. reduce its carbon emissions faster than any other country. Using more natural gas, and less coal to power the electrical grid dramatically reduces emissions. Fracking also allows for more natural gas to be used in place of coal in our power plants which reduces toxic air pollutants by as much as half.