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Wenonah Hauter--One of Seven Women Working to Change the Food System

Food Tank: The Food Think Tank
August 19th, 2013

Fracking Colorado: Illusory Benefits, Hidden Costs

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Coloradans are increasingly aware of the problems that accompany drilling and fracking for oil and natural gas. Communities are working to ban the practice and, of course, the oil and gas industry is fighting back. But the industry’s primary argument – that fracking drives economic growth and prosperity in the state – just doesn’t add up.

Unsurprisingly, to protect its bottom line in Colorado, the oil and gas industry is producing commercials that claim fracking is safe. The industry regularly funds and promotes studies that exaggerate how much it contributes to local economies. If Coloradans look closely at all the neglected risks and costs, they will find that the benefits are an illusion.