A proposed rule goes before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Comission today that would require all oil and gas companies to post online the makeup of the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Some are lauding it as a way to make the industry more transparent, but environmentalists say it’s riddled with loopholes and weak language. Ariana Brocious from KVNF in Paonia and Luke Runyon from Aspen Public Radio sit down to explore the new proposed rule, and how it compares to other states.

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2 Responses to Examining a New Fracking Disclosure Proposal

  1. Brad Bean says:

    Methane is odorless and cannot be smelled in tap water as reported in your story on “fracing”. Odorant is added to natural gas so that it can be detected once it has extracted, and processed – far downstream of the underground reservoir.

    • Andrea Chalfin News Dir. says:

      Hi Brad,

      You are right–methane is odorless. It’s an easy mistake to make, but I should have caught it nonetheless. Thanks for the correction.

      I’d like to also point interested people to our Western Skies episode on Energy from earlier this year–we had a conversation that included COCGG head Dave Neslin, and among other things, we talked about some of the work they’ve done as it pertains to hydraulic fracturing.

      Thanks for listening,



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