Ecological groups have consistently expressed reservations about just how safe the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is for the environment. They say the mixture of water, sand, and lubricants that are forced into the earth to expose pockets of oil and natural gas, have the potential to contaminate drinking water beneath the earth. This week, Colorado’s Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper downed a glass of fracking fluid in order to prove that the mixture was safe. As of this writing, Hickenlooper is still alive.
“You can drink it. We did drink it around the table, almost ritual-like, in a funny way,” Hickenlooper told a Senate committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Tuesday. Hickenlooper said that fracking firms have “invested millions of dollars in what is a benign fluid in every sense.”
The Colorado governor also warned the committee not to pursue legislation that would force fracking firms to disclose the ingredients in the proprietary mixture. “If we were overzealous in forcing them to disclose what they had created, they wouldn’t bring it into our state,” Hickenlooper said.
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