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DAN HALEY STATEMENT REGARDING THE DRAFT ASSESSMENT ON THE POTENTIAL IMPACTS TO DRINKING WATER

June 4, 2015


DAN HALEY STATEMENT REGARDING THE DRAFT ASSESSMENT ON THE POTENTIAL IMPACTS TO DRINKING WATER RESOURCES FROM HYDRAULIC FRACTURING ACTIVITIES

Report states “We did not find evidence that these mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.”

DENVER – “This EPA report confirms what we have always known to be true – that hydraulic fracturing does not imperil or lead ‘to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.’ It validates the statements of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper that hydraulic fracturing is safe.

Fortunately, Colorado already has some of the most comprehensive groundwater baseline testing rules and cementing and casing rules in the country, which further protect our health and safety. EPA has never found an instance of hydraulic fracturing contaminating groundwater in Colorado and for Colorado families, this should again give comfort that oil and gas development is being conducted responsibly.”

Background:

In January 2013, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) approved at the time the most rigorous statewide mandatory groundwater sampling and monitoring rules in the United States by requiring pre- and post-drilling sampling to be collected by the operator. This has led to a sampling collection of nearly 10,000 samples – one of the largest in the United States.

But this is only one part of the comprehensive Colorado rules that address well integrity, spill avoidance and containment, and other requirements that directly protect groundwater which are:

  • Rule 317 (surface casing, well cementing and ongoing pressure testing);
  • Rule 317A (public water supply area protection);
  • Rule 326 (mechanical integrity testing);
  • Rule 904 (pit construction and lining);
  • Rule 604 (production facility secondary containment);
  • Rule 303 (surface disturbance requirements and conditions of approval);
  • Rule 207 (COGCC authority to mandate additional testing in response to spills, releases and complaints).

Plus, all water used by Colorado’s oil and gas industry must be obtained legally under Colorado water law and can come from a variety of places: purchased or leased from municipal supplies; transferred as water rights, such as agriculture water rights; fully consumable water; leased or purchased effluent; Denver Basin non-tributary groundwater; and produced water (non-tributary).

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