Keep Colorado Safe from Fracking

What's at stake for Colorado:

  • Our water

Fracking uses millions of gallons of water, competing with our farms, our cities, and Colorado’s wildlife. Dirty drilling also pollutes our water—with nearly 340 spills and leaks reaching our groundwater in just five years.

  • Our land

With well pads, compressors, pipelines and hundreds of truck trips, fracking means turning our forests and canyons into industrial zones. From Mesa Verde to the White River, the oil and gas industry is looking to frack some of Colorado’s most treasured places.

  • Our health

Fracking operations also bring air pollution, explosions, and accidents—all of which put the health and safety of our communities at risk.

  • Our planet

The gas drilling boom is releasing so much methane that some scientists are now saying it could rival global warming pollution from coal.

Will elected officials protect Colorado from fracking?

With the fracking boom, the oil and gas industry is aiming to bring its dirty drilling to more of our communities and treasured places across our state. Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center is taking the following steps to stop this threat to our environment and health:

  • Standing with communities who choose to say “no” to fracking;
  • Working to keep our forests, canyons, and other treasured places off-limits to dirty drilling;
  • Safeguarding Colorado’s water from toxic fracking pollution and excessive withdrawals; and
  • Educating decision makers about the need to close loopholes for fracking in environmental laws.

Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center is already making a difference

We have worked to make sure the public and our elected officials have the facts on fracking—including our recent report documenting the costs of dirty drilling damage to our communities. We have mobilized concerned Coloradans to tell officials that places like Mesa Verde and South Park should stay off-limits to dirty drilling. And we have consistently defended the rights of local communities to say “no” to fracking.

Issue updates

News Release | Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center

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Our Health At Risk

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Report | Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center

Our Health At Risk

Despite decades of progress under the Clean Air Act, Americans across the country continue to breathe unhealthy air, leading to increased risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

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