DBJ Special Report: The fracking debate

The hydraulic fracturing water cycle via Western Resource Advocates
The hydraulic fracturing water cycle via Western Resource Advocates

Click here to go to the Denver Business Journal’s special report page for hydraulic fracturing. Here’s the introduction:

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” — a practice widely used in the energy-rich West to extract natural gas from deep underground — has triggered controversy between the oil and gas industry and environmentalists.

Fracking refers to injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into rock at high pressure, fracturing the rock and creating or extending channels for gas to escape that might otherwise remain trapped.

Some contend that the chemicals used in fracking can contaminate underground drinking-water supplies. The industry has long argued the practice is safe.

The Denver Business Journal has been covering the debate over fracking and efforts to increase regulation and disclosure of chemicals used.

Here are recent highlights of the DBJ’s coverage in print and online, most of it by DBJ energy and environment reporter Cathy Proctor.

Most recent articles appear first. (Articles that appeared in the last month in the print edition are accessible to subscribers only.)

More oil and gas coverage here and here.

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