Hickenlooper looking for consistency, fairness in federal, state fracking rules

DEAN HUMPHREY/The Daily Sentinel—Gov. John Hickenlooper runs into an acquaintance Monday at the old Mesa County Courthouse in downtown Grand Junction: Boland Unfug, 10, whose mother, County Administrator Chantal Unfug, served on Hicklenlooper’s staff when he was Denver mayor. Hickenlooper’s legislative assistant, Cally King, right, sorts bills that the governor was about to sign.



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DEAN HUMPHREY/The Daily Sentinel—Gov. John Hickenlooper runs into an acquaintance Monday at the old Mesa County Courthouse in downtown Grand Junction: Boland Unfug, 10, whose mother, County Administrator Chantal Unfug, served on Hicklenlooper’s staff when he was Denver mayor. Hickenlooper’s legislative assistant, Cally King, right, sorts bills that the governor was about to sign.

Through a lot of behind-the-scenes discussions, Gov. John Hickenlooper helped persuade the Bureau of Land Management to consider hydraulic fracturing disclosure rules that are similar to…




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I agree that it would be nice to have consistency between federal and state regulations and applications when it comes to oil and gas. The national focus on fracking fluids may have muddied the waters, when it comes to regulations, however. Fracking fluids are only one type of risk posed by the industry—there are others. As an example, pumping spent fluids back into the ground may eventually pollute ground water, if my understanding of a recent meeting with a geologist is accurate. I wish I had a comprehensive list of all the things that could pose a risk to human health, along with potential regulations to minimize the risk, so that I could publicly start beating that drum.

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