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

Report | Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center

Troubled Waters 2018

Over a 21-month period from January 2016 to September 2017, major industrial facilities released pollution that exceeded the levels allowed under their Clean Water Act permits more than 8,100 times. Often, these polluters faced no fines or penalties.

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Report | Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center

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News Release | Environment America

Trump administration announces steps to replace EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Today, the Trump administration took its first step toward rolling back the EPA’s Clean Power Plan by announcing a move to replace this critical program that cuts power plant pollution. Environment America released the following statement in response:

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News Release | Environment America

Health, Business, and Community Voices Urge EPA to Keep Clean Water Rule

Today more than 600 leaders from 43 states – including doctors and nurses, business owners, state and local officials, and watershed activists - urged U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to maintain the Clean Water Rule.  Environment America Research & Policy Center submitted their comments in response to EPA’s proposal to dismantle the Rule, which restored federal protections to drinking water sources for 117 million Americans.

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News Release

Trump administration announces repeal of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Denver – Today, the Trump administration announced that it plans to repeal the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, our best climate program to limit carbon pollution from dirty power plants. Environment Colorado director Garrett Garner-Wells released the following statement in response

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