Industry takes the lead
Keeping tabs on how gas drilling affects groundwater is an important endeavor. The fact that the Colorado Oil and Gas Association is now leading that effort with a voluntary monitoring program set to begin Nov. 1 is a welcome indication that the industry can undertake such environmental programs without being forced to do so by regulatory mandates.
There is good reason for undertaking this voluntary effort, not the least of which is seeking to improve the gas industry’s standing in citizens’ eyes. As COGA President Tisha Conoly Schuller noted, “The public does not have confidence in our industry.”
Moreover, COGA hopes the voluntary program will demonstrate that there is little danger to groundwater supplies from the drilling procedure known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. And, even if some problems are revealed, the monitoring will allow the industry to react quickly to remedy the problems.
This is a pro-active approach to preventing problems and reassuring the public. COGA and its members deserve credit for initiating the groundwater monitoring program at their well sites.