A very informative article from Peggy Tibbetts, who’s been writing about the anti-fracking and other environmental issues in western Colorado for some time. What’s quite interesting is how locals created a website to show exactly how the county commissioners used tax dollars to resist the implementation of SB-181, which is supposed to protect the health and environment and make that the priority, over promoting the oil and gas industry. It would appear that the Garfield County Commissioners are acting against the intent of the law:
This short article, thanks to the Colorado Sun, illustrates how even the COGCC director, Jeff Robbins, is clearly frustrated with the process of cleaning up abandoned wells. Of course, these rules were created in a previous era of the COGCC when their corporate culture was quite different. This testimony will surely play a part in how the enormous problem of the cleanup of abandoned wells will be addressed:
An oil company that no longer exists faces a $344,000 fine Colorado doesn’t expect to collect. But that’s the point.
My next question was to the Division of Water Resources, at https://dwr.state.co.us/Portal/dwr/AskDWR
I am trying to find out where the state records are which show where fracking operators get their water, and where that ‘produced water’ ends up. I am most interested in Front Range operators, from Adams County northward.
Finding answers to those two simple questions is proving surprisingly difficult. Neither the COGCC or CDPHE have been able to help me.
I realize the data records may not be structured to answer such a question from the public, since they were perhaps not designed that way to begin with; however, as the political pressures on our water resources intensify, the data will need to be marshalled, somehow, to answer such questions, as times change. If you have any comments on that issue, I’d be interested in hearing that as well.
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This is request I made to the Colorado Department of Water Resources today:
I have a report from CO DNR (Dept of Natural Resources?) that writes about water and fracking, circa January 2017. Please see attached.
It refers to a “Colorado Water Diversions table”, and shows a line in the report where there is a breakdown of water use, with one line for “hydraulic fracturing.”
I have tried finding this report on your website to no avail. I cannot remember how I found this report, and it is unfortunate that it does not contain any other identifying information, such as who or what office authored the report.
I am basically a concerned citizen that volunteers for a non-profit, and we are trying to find the answer to two simple questions: 1) how much water goes into fracking? (preferably on a county basis), and 2) where does the produced water go?
I am hoping someone in your office might be able to help me.