Colorado Governor Extols Fracking as “Best & Safest Extraction Technique”

I took this from Natural Gas now as Hickenlooper is interesting on fracking. He is originally a geologist and even drunk fracking fluid to make a point and is still alive , though all the fractwits would say it would make him grow horns and other mutations

Colorado Governor’s Memoir Extols Fracking as “Very Best and Safest Extraction Technique”

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) has just released a new memoir, which puts the spotlight on his strong support for fracking and natural gas.  As he says in the memoir,

Based on experience and science, I recognized that fracking was one of our very best and safest extraction techniques. Fracking is good for the country’s energy supply, our national security, our economy, and our environment.” (pg. 277)

In the book, Hickenlooper explains his path starting off as a geologist and eventually being elected as governor. And as part of the story, he makes it very clear why he supports the use of hydraulic fracturing, even with a constant influx of out-of-state activists campaigning to ban the process. Hickenlooper writes:

“Early critics of mine were right about this much: my background as an oil and gas geologist did influence my perspective. I understand the evolution of hydraulic fracturing. I knew that the innovations in technology, everything from the hydraulic fracking systems to the fluid, had become so advanced that it was a remarkably safe extraction method.” (pg. 276; emphasis added)

Hickenlooper also addresses what he believes is fueling anti-fracking activism:

“It seemed to me at the time that the way some media and activists were going after fracking was reminiscent of the early twentieth century, when the media skewered the oil and gas industry, personified by John D. Rockefeller. Only in our era, it was often bloggers wedded to a particular agenda who led the charge, cherry-picking some shreds of truth, or untruths, to make popular but inaccurate stories.” (Pg. 279; emphasis added)

Hickenlooper’s memoir is getting lots of state and national media attention just as the divide between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on fracking in the Democratic primary grows. For instance, Sanders recently appointed 350.org co-founder and “Keep-It-In-The-Ground” activist Bill McKibben to a key Democratic Party platform position.  In the middle of all this, Hickenlooper, the governor of a key swing state, has come out with a clear repudiation of the anti-fracking, “Keep-It-In-The-Ground” platform.

The Governor has long-been an advocate for Colorado’s energy producers, calling ballot measures targeting oil and natural gas development “radical” and “extreme” because they would “drive oil and gas out of Colorado.” More recently, Hickenlooper took an apparent swipe at the “Keep-It-In-The Ground” movement in his comments at a Colorado Petroleum Council luncheon. As the Denver Business Journal Reports:

“We won’t transform the energy supplies of our nation overnight; there’s been rapid growth in solar and wind, but we’re a long way from saying we can walk away from hydrocarbons and not do significant damage to our economy,” Hickenlooper said.

“The number of people in Colorado who want to ban hydrocarbons is probably a small minority,” he said.

Hickenlooper’s new memoir puts a national spotlight on his support for fracking and is sure to come as more bad news for national activist groups that are struggling to build momentum fortheir campaign to ban-fracking in Colorado and across the nation.

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2 thoughts on “Colorado Governor Extols Fracking as “Best & Safest Extraction Technique”

  1. Paul Braterman

    There are two kinds of issue here. If fossil fuels are to be used at all, where is fracking on the spectrum? Probably at or near the extreme least damaging end. But should be already be leaving it in the ground? That’s a matter of arithmetic; right now, however, natural gas is much less bad than coal.

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  2. ian palmer

    Your article mentions truths and untruths about fracking. The untruths are clear in regards to shale-oil-gas, where the shales are usually deeper than 5,000 ft. (1) The fracs do NOT grow in height to the aquifers (shallower then 1,000 ft usually). (2) The fracs do NOT cause the earthquakes. (3) The frac fluid plus its chemicals either stays absorbed in the shale-jail (based on lab testing), or returns up the well as flowback fluid. For more info, click on the website and search on FRACKING.

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