The group Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development has launched a new fracking education website.
On Friday, CRED released studyfracking.com to answer Coloradans’ most important questions about fracking. The website allows users to type in questions they have about fracking and provides factual answers drawn from published academic, scientific and government research, according to a news release.
“As we listened to what Coloradans wanted to know most about fracking, we began compiling straightforward answers to get to the heart of their most pressing concerns,” said Jon Haubert, communications director for CRED, in the release. “It became increasingly clear that false rumors had negatively skewed Coloradans’ impressions about fracking and they wanted access to factual information showing fracking has already been extensively researched and regulated.”
Haubert said fracking has been in use safely for six decades and the practice is heavily regulated.
“Fracking is not a new topic to the energy industry, or to regulators or legislators who continue to recognize the economic and environmental benefits of fracking,” Haubert said in the release. “But the public has been mostly left out of the conversation and citizens have been denied the facts.”
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a process used to unlock oil and natural gas more than a mile beneath the earth’s surface. This technology has been used more than 1.2 million times since 1947 and 90 percent of all wells in America are fracked at some point during their lifespan, the release stated.
A 2013 study from the University of Colorado at Boulder Leeds School of Business, “Assessment of Oil and Gas Industry 2012: Industry Economic and Fiscal Contributions in Colorado,” found that last year alone the oil and natural gas industry generated $29.6 billion for Colorado’s economy. Collectively, that’s more than 110,000 high-paying jobs and $1.6 billion in tax revenue for Colorado, the release stated.
CRED formed last fall in Colorado and is funded by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Noble Energy. Learn more about Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development at cred.org.