In the growing debate over hydraulic fracturing, it would seem that Colorado is steadily becoming the front line for both the oil and gas industry and fracking protestors. In light of recent legislation failures in the state, though, there’s evidence to suggest the controversy is more hype than reality.
Well, here’s something you don’t see every day. It seems that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is on shaky ground with energy industry insiders after some comments he made regarding hydraulic fracturing.
In an interview with Denver-based channel KUSA, Trump was quoted saying, “I’m in favor of fracking, but I think that voters should have a big say in it … I mean, there’s some areas, maybe, they don’t want to have fracking. And I think if the voters are voting for it, that’s up to them.”
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hopes to significantly decrease the average wait time on permit approval with a newly proposed online system. Announced at the end of July, the proposal aims to speed up the process for oil and gas drilling permits on federal and Indian land. Currently, incoming permit applications are down 40 percent from their historical average, a downturn that’s attributed to the hugely depleted price for oil and gas. In spite of these dips, however, the permit process is extremely long for companies hoping to explore new drilling projects.
Earlier this month, researchers from Johns Hopkins University shared findings that indicated fracking caused symptom flare-ups in individuals with asthma. “Residents of communities undergoing (fracking) and those nearby can be exposed to noise, light, vibration, heavy truck traffic, air pollution, social disruption and anxiety,” Sara Rasmussen of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore told Reuters Health.
This study is just another accusation levied against the fracking industry, causing more controversy over a viable method for extracting oil and gas. Last December, BBC News covered fracking and its associated controversies as the United Kingdom begins to explore the implementation of hydraulic fracturing on its soil.
One of the many ways that foes of hydraulic fracturing attempt to turn the tide of public interest against the industry is to strike at the industries that help fuel fracking projects. Which brings us to Wisconsin, which has been called the Saudi Arabia of sand, because of its incredible wealth of the product. While the industrial sand business is more than 100 years old, extracting sand for the hydraulic fracturing has brought the industry into the crosshairs of activists looking to stop the oil and gas industry from hydraulic fracturing.
There’s a lot of misinformation published and discussed in the media about hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. However, when you dig into this highly-contested topic, you uncover some fascinating information that combats many of the false allegations levied against the oil and gas industry.
On November 8, there’s a likelihood that Colorado voters will encounter — among other tough decisions at the polls — Colorado ballot initiative #78, colloquially known as the Mandatory Setback from Oil and Gas Development Amendment. While the term “setback” in the bill’s title refers to physical location and not actual hindrances to the oil and gas industry, the dual meaning may very well be apt if the initiative is actually voted in by Colorado’s voters.