Northern Colorado, home base to Colorado Clean Water Action in Fort Collins, is in the midst of the biggest frack-ing boom in the United States. Weld County, just east of Fort Collins, has more active oil and gas wells than any county in the U.S, with nearly 18,000 wells. As a geologic formation called the “Niobrara Shale” is drilled for oil and gas, 10,000 to 20,000 more wells could be added. The Niobrara is a deep shale rock layer that requires hydraulic fracking to get out the oil and gas. As is the case with shale gas fracking across the U.S., the issue is extremely controversial in northern Colo-rado. Recently, cities and counties up and down the Front Range have been dealing with the consequences of drilling and fracking.
Clean Water Action has serious concerns about drilling and fracking across the Front Range. Impacts include: