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.
A new report by the Oakland-based water think tank the Pacific Institute warns that climate change and continuing drought will put a further strain on energy production in Rocky Mountain states like Colorado.
According to a new Government Accountability Office report, more action is needed to limit pharmaceutical drugs from entering the drinking water supply. And one starting point are so-called “drug take back programs,” which exist in Colorado and 24 other states.