Daily Journal - BLM hears from Colorado businesses, regulators, residents on hydraulic fracturing
GOLDEN, Colo. — Federal land managers are trying to balance the risks and rewards of hydraulic fracturing, a process that blasts water, sand and chemicals underground to free natural gas.
Industry representatives, regulators and residents offered different views on how it's going at a Bureau of Land Management forum in Golden on Monday.
Some residents said they worry how hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, might affect groundwater. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission director Dave Neslin said his agency has investigated hundreds of complaints tied to fracking, but hasn't found any groundwater contamination.
Dave Cesark of Mesa Energy in Grand Junction said the risk isn't zero, but fracking has been used safely for decades, the Coloradoan reported.