Lowry Bombing Range Fracking Concerns
Concerned Aurora citizens are posting the information on this blog in response to the possibility of hydraulic facturing (or fracking) occuring in our community. This site will provide information about fracking, to raise awareness of what is happening in Aurora and Colorado, and anywhere else this method of gas and oil extraction is used.
In Colorado, the State Land Board is considering leasing 1600-2600 acres of land at the Lowry Bombing Range (in Aurora) for fracking, to extract oil from the Niobrara oil shale beds 4000 feet down. It is considering allowing 19-98 wells.
In 2007, after numerous meetings and forums with the public and government agencies, this land was designated as a “sustainable development model” with “resource sensitive growth” to protect surrounding land and water resources. This land sits above four aquifers and is near the Aurora Reservoir.
Just 20 wells would require 400,000 tanker truck trips, and 8 billion gallons of clean water that would be contaminated when injected into the ground with 2 million gallons of toxic chemicals. Up to 98 wells are being considered and just 20 wells would represent a large- scale industrial operation.
We are requesting that the State Land Board reject considerations for such operations until oil production from shale can be accomplished with technology and regulatory oversight that substantially decreases risks to public health and safety, and to our environment and water security.
If you would like to sign our on-line petition, please go to: