Safe Drinking Water Act Could Backfire: COGCC Chief

09/12/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • David O. Williams The Colorado Independent

DENVER -- When it comes to the safety of hydraulic fracturing- the "stimulating" of natural gas wells with high-pressure injections of water, sand and chemicals to free up more gas- Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission director David Neslin argues the state has it covered.

Federal oversight by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Safe Drinking Water Act, as proposed by Colo. U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette and Jared Polis in the FRAC Act, is not only redundant, Neslin said in a recent interview with the Colorado Independent, but it could force the state to divert staffing and resources from other environmental programs monitoring the oil and gas industry.

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