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In Denver, Clinton's Stance On Fracking Contradicts Colorado's Interests

- August 3, 2016

today, clinton will hold a campaign event in the denver metro area

This Afternoon, Clinton Will hold A Campaign Event In The Denver Metro Area. "Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican vice presidential candidate will be campaigning in the Denver metro area on Wednesday. Hillary Clinton will appear at Adams City High School in Commerce City in the afternoon." (Chuck Hickey, "Hillary Clinton, Mike Pence To Campaign In Denver On Wednesday," Fox 31 Denver, 8/3/16)

CLINTON'S BRINGS TO COLORADO AN AGGRESSIVELY LIBERAL POSITION ON FRACKING, PITTING HER AGAINST HER TOP COLORADO SUPPORTER, DEMOCRAT GOV. JOHN HICKENLOOPER

Clinton Has Promised That Under Her Presidency There Wouldn't "Be Many Places In America Where Fracking Will Continue To Take Place"

During A March 2016 Democrat Debate, Clinton Said Fracking Was "Not Sufficiently Regulated," And Under A Clinton Presidency, There Wouldn't "Be Many Places In America Where Fracking Will Continue To Take Place." CLINTON: "So by the time we get through all of my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place. And I think that's the best approach, because right now, there are places where fracking is going on that are not sufficiently regulated. So first, we've got to regulate everything that is currently underway, and we have to have a system in place that prevents further fracking unless conditions like the ones that I just mentioned are met." (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democratic Primary Debate, Flint, MI, 3/6/16)

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The Wall Street Journal Editorial: By Opposing Fracking, Clinton Wants To "Regulate Out Of Existence The Livelihoods Of Tens Of Thousands" Of American Workers. "This is a new look for Mrs. Clinton, who promoted fracking around the world as Secretary of State. In 2010 she popped into Krakow to announce a global shale initiative, and in 2012 she dropped by Bulgaria to encourage the parliament to end a fracking moratorium. But now that she wants to be President she would regulate out of existence the livelihoods of tens of thousands in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Arkansas, and across the U.S.A." (Editorial, "Clinton Against American Energy," The Wall Street Journal, 3/7/16)

Clinton's Position On Fracking Is In Direct Opposition To Gov. John Hickenlooper's Position, Her Top Advocate In Colorado

Hickenlooper Famously Worked To Kill Colorado Ballot Measures That Were Viewed As Harmful To The Fracking Industry. "In 2014, two fracking ballot measures very similar to the ones being pushed now were bankrolled by America's fifth-richest member of Congress (and another of the Democratic Gang of Four), Rep. Jared Polis. But the measures were apparently too threatening to the political ambitions of too many Democrats. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper was facing re-election, as was Sen. Mark Udall - and Polis himself happened to be running to become chair of the Democratic Party's Congressional Campaign Committee. So at the last minute, Polis made a deal with Hickenlooper and oil and gas representatives to kill the measures before they made it to the ballot, despite the fact that the campaign had already collected 200,000 supporter signatures, more than enough to qualify for a vote." (Alleen Brown, "Top Democrats Ally With Oil And Gas Industry To Fight Colorado Anti-Fracking Ballot Measures," The Intercept , 5/21/16)

In 2013, Hickenlooper Testified Before The Senate Committee On Energy And Natural Resources That He Actually Drank A Glass Of Fracking Fluid To Show That The Liquid Is Safe. " Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper went to unusually great lengths to learn firsthand the strides the oil and gas industry has made to minimize environmental harm from fracking. The first-term Democrat and former Denver mayor told a Senate committee on Tuesday that he actually drank a glass of fracking fluid produced by oilfield services giant Halliburton. The fluid is made entirely 'of ingredients sourced from the food industry,' the company says, making it safe for Mr. Hickenlooper and others to imbibe." (Ben Wolfgang, "I Drank Fracking Fluid, Says Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper," The Washington Times ¸ 2/12/13)

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the ongoing debate in colorado regarding jurisdiction over fracking regulation ALSO pits clinton against hickenlooper

During The Flint Democrat Primary Debate, Clinton Said That She Did Not Support Fracking When A Locality Was Against It

Clinton: "I Don't Support [Fracking] When Any Locality Or State Is Against It." QUESTION: "Fracking can lead to environmental pollution including, but not limited to, the contamination of water supply. Do you support fracking?" CNN's ANDERSON COOPER: "Secretary Clinton? "HILLARY CLINTON: "You know, I don't support it when any locality or any state is against it, number one." ( CNN Democrat Primary Debate, Flint, MI, 3/6/16)

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper Sued A Town In 2012 For Banning Fracking

As Governor, Hickenlooper Has Said He Would Sue Any Locality In Colorado That Bans Fracking And Made Good On His Threat In 2012 By Suing The Town Of Longmont. "Gov. John Hickenlooper is defending fracking once again, but this time he's ready to go to court. In a recent interview with CBS4, Hickenlooper told [Reporter] Shaun Boyd in no uncertain terms that the state will sue any city that bans hydraulic fracturing within their borders. 'Nothing makes me less happy then to have to be in a lawsuit with a municipality,' Hickenlooper told Boyd. 'The bottom line is, the way we have a split estate in this part of the world - pretty much all of the western United States - someone paid money to buy mineral rights under that land. You can't harvest the mineral rights without doing hydraulic fracturing, which I think we've demonstrated again and again can be done safely.' When the controversial natural gas drilling technique also known as 'fracking' was banned in Longmont in 2012, the state sued the town claiming that the city's oil and gas regulations illegally overstepped the state's authority to regulate the industry." (Matt Ferner, "Gov. John Hickenlooper: State Will Sue Any City In Colorado That Bans Fracking," The Huffington Post, 2/28/13)

clinton's policies would extensively restrict fracking, despite the benefits the industry has brought to colorado and to denver specifically

Colorado Is A Major Producer And Consumer Of Natural Gas

Colorado Is Among The Major Natural Gas-Producing States, "And State Output Has Doubled Since 2001." "Colorado is among the major natural gas-producing states in the nation, and state output has doubled since 2001." (U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Colorado State Profile And Energy Estimates," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 12/17/15)

"Colorado Has More Than One-Third Of U.S. Proved Coalbed Methane Reserves, More Than Any Other State" And Is Among The Leading Coalbed Methane Producers In The United States. "Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming are the leading coalbed methane producers in the United States, and Colorado has more than one-third of U.S. proved coalbed methane reserves, more than any other state." (U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Colorado State Profile And Energy Estimates," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 12/17/15)

In 2014, 22 Percent Of Electricity In Colorado Was Produced By Natural Gas. (U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Colorado State Profile And Energy Estimates," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 12/17/15)

Nearly Three-Fourths Of Households In Colorado Use Natural Gas As Their Primary Heating Source. "Nearly three-fourths of households in the state use natural gas as their primary home heating source." (U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Colorado State Profile And Energy Estimates," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 12/17/15)

Growth In The Natural Gas Industry Is Expanding To The Denver Area

Production Of Natural Gas Has Grown In The Denver-Julesberg Basin Since 2000. "Historically, the San Juan Basin, which also underlies part of New Mexico, was Colorado's largest natural gas-producing region, but, since 2000, production has grown in the Denver-Julesberg Basin in the northeast and in the Piceance Basin in the west." (U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Colorado State Profile And Energy Estimates," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 12/17/15)

  • As Natural Gas Prices Have Declined, Well Drilling Activity Has Moved To The Denver-Julesberg Basin From The Piceance Basin. "Recently, as natural gas prices have declined, some well drilling activity has moved from the Piceance, which produces mainly dry natural gas, to the Denver-Julesberg Basin that also produces crude oil and natural gas liquids" (U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Colorado State Profile And Energy Estimates," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 12/17/15)

Western Colorado Has An Enormous, Untapped Natural Gas Potential

"Western Colorado Has 40 Times More Natural Gas Than Previously Thought." "Western Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than previously thought, but an immediate boom is unlikely because of low gas prices, government and industry experts said Wednesday." (Dan Elliott, "Western Colorado Has 40 Times More Natural Gas Than Thought," The Denver Post, 6/8/16)

  • The Mancos Shale Holds About 66.3 Trillion Cubic Feet Of Gas, Significantly Higher Than The 1.6 Trillion Estimated In 2003. "The U.S. Geological Survey said the Mancos Shale formation in Colorado's Piceance Basin holds about 66.3 trillion cubic feet of gas, up from 1.6 trillion estimated in 2003." (Dan Elliott, "Western Colorado Has 40 Times More Natural Gas Than Thought," The Denver Post, 6/8/16)

This New Estimate Makes The Piceance Basin The Second-Largest Natural Gas Reserve In The Country, After The Marcellus Shale Formation. "The new estimate could mean the Piceance Basin has the second-largest natural gas reserves in the country, after the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania and neighboring states, Ludlam said." (Dan Elliott, "Western Colorado Has 40 Times More Natural Gas Than Thought," The Denver Post, 6/8/16)

If Utilized, The Fracking Boom Has The Potential To Create Over 97,000 Jobs In Colorado

According To A Study By IHS, There Will Be Over 97,741 Jobs Created Through The Fracking Boom In Colorado By 2035. ("America's New Energy Future: The Unconventional Oil And Gas Revolution And The US Economy," IHS, 12/12)

  • According To The Study, There Were 77,622 Jobs In Colorado Related To Unconventional Oil And Gas Production In 2012. ("America's New Energy Future: The Unconventional Oil And Gas Revolution And The US Economy," IHS, 12/12)
  • According To The Study, There Is The Potential For 175,363 Jobs In Colorado Related To Unconventional Oil And Gas Production In 2035. ("America's New Energy Future: The Unconventional Oil And Gas Revolution And The US Economy," IHS, 12/12)

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