Counties should let Colorado take the lead on fracking rules

Posted: Nov 9, 2011

Written by

The Denver Post

We're not surprised that some Front Range counties are developing local regulations to govern oil and gas leasing as exploratory activity in the Niobrara formation begins to encroach on populated areas.

Nor do we necessarily consider all such initiatives misguided. Energy development can involve noise, traffic and other activity that has an impact on a community's quality of life.

Having said that, however, we believe counties should proceed with caution. They need to recognize that most concerns regarding hydraulic fracturing — which involves the injection of water, sand and trace chemicals under pressure into rock formations to release oil and gas — are best regulated by the state.


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