Hickenlooper defends stand on drill fracking

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Gov. John Hickenlooper says he is trying to be impartial on issues involving oil and gas production in Colorado, including the industry's use of hydraulic fracturing to reach natural gas deposits.

In a lecture Thursday at the University of Colorado, the former geologist said he is constantly attacked for being in the pocket of oil and gas, which he said is not the case.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/d6ddz7p ), Hickenlooper said the science on the impact of fracking is far from settled and the focus should be on getting better facts.

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a gas drilling process that blasts chemical-laden water deep into the ground. Supporters say the process is safe, while opponents say the technique pollutes groundwater.

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Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com/

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