Energy policy — oil and gas: El Paso County Q&A over Niobrara shale play draws around 100 people

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From KRDO.com (Joe Dominguez):

State and local elected leaders called the meeting educational for the public. Many of the questions from the public focused on contamination and making sure companies aren’t polluting the water and ground. “That’s why I think people are concerned,” said State Representative Marsha Looper. “When you have no water then you have no life, no economy.”[…]

It’s not just county land that’s ripe for fracking. Most of Colorado is in the Niobrara shale area. Doug Flanders, with the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, said because Colorado now sits where a western interior seaway was 90 million years ago it is now prime real estate for oil and gas companies to find new sources of domestic oil. The Banning Lewis Ranch is another area that could be home to drilling in the future. City of Colorado Springs leaders have been in talks with the oil and gas company that is buying the foreclosed property. Mayor Steve Bach said last week it is a real possibility that the land will eventually be used simply for drilling and fracking.

State Representative Looper has posted the handouts from the meeting on her website. The handouts are a great resource for anyone interested in hydraulic fracturing and the Niobrara shale play.

More oil and gas coverage here and here.

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