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The Energy Council

is a nonprofit trade organization that promotes safe and responsible oil and natural gas development in La Plata County. Individual and company members work to build community relations, increase public understanding, and address public issues relative to the industry.

Gas Facts : Hydraulic Fracturing

Some residents of La Plata County often question natural gas development and the purpose of hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing is a technology used to stimulate the flow of oil and gas from new and existing oil and gas wells by pumping water, sand and small amounts of chemicals under pressure into geological formations that would otherwise not be able to produce the oil and or gas they contain. Hydraulic fracturing or "fracing" as it is commonly known is a proven safe procedure that has been used millions of times in the last 60 years across the country, including La Plata County.

For specific information regarding chemicals used and water used on individual natural gas or oil wells, use the following link: Frac Focus.

Many rigorous studies have been conducted by respected authorities, and they have all concluded that hydraulic fracturing is safe. The Energy Council has assembled some basic information and sources of additional information so that the residents of La Plata County can more fully understand this important topic.

Studies: Safety, Regulation

Additional Information