Colorado regulators have adopted a new rule requiring oil and gas companies to make public the chemicals they use for hydraulically fracturing wells in the state; a move that followed a lengthy set of meetings and negotiations between the industry and conservation groups.
Colorado’s attorney general and the Governor are deciding whether to appeal a trial court decision that says state funding for K through 12 schools is inadequate and unconstitutional. And while education advocates praise the decision calling it a wakeup call, as Bente Birkeland reports, many are also wondering what’s next and how the state can fix the problem.
This morning, Colorado regulators are expected to finalize new rules that will require oil and gas companies to make public the chemicals they use to hydraulically fracture wells. Much of the attention lately has been whether those “fracking” fluids that are mixed with sand and chemicals pose a risk to polluting ground water. But in Colorado there’s been far less scrutiny on just how much water the fracking process itself requires, until now.
Police arrested or cited more than a dozen protesters outside a Loveland Wal-Mart Distribution Center today. The bulk of the arrests came after demonstrators attempted to block a truck’s exit around 1 pm.