Week of Nov. 9: Nay for fracking, Yay for renewable energy

By Natalia Bayona

Following public hearings on Monday, Boulder County commissioners voted to extend the county’s fracking moratorium for another 3 and 1/2 years. Commissioners hope to secure funding for several studies analyzing the societal impacts of oil and gas development over the next few years.

A study conducted by CU environmental engineers discovered surfactants in fracking fluid samples from five states contained nontoxic chemicals that are found in most household products. Scientists are now using this list of chemicals to track water contamination events caused by fracking.

The environmental group Climate Colorado will hold a statewide climate summit Saturday and Sunday at CU Boulder to ask attendees to sign a “Switch 2020” contract, a commitment to reach “net zero” energy consumption in Colorado by 2020 with a shift to renewable energy.

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