Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Leaky Dikes and Broken Promises: Fracking in Huerfano County

If you haven't yet been to see the amazing Dike Walls of Huerfano County in Colorado, then you will have missed the pristine beauty and awe-inspiring views they present.  While these unique works of nature attract tourists from all around the world, there is a hidden secret that was not well known until the oil and gas companies came into our region, and began drilling underneath these geological structures.  They leak.  In other words, these structures, which appear as the ridged back of a dragon, actually go way down into the earth's crust, and in some cases, into the magma layer of the earth.  When gas companies drill underneath them with their horizontal drilling technologies, anything that leaks from their drilling shafts is likely to reach the lower levels of the dike walls, and be sent right up to the earth's surface.  This presents a major red flag for any type of oil and gas drilling in our region.

It is not a question of "if" drilling will occur under our dike walls, but "when."  SWEPI has already drilled under four hidden dike walls with their last test well in the region, and anything that is released under the shale layers (layers that are supposed to protect the surface from these harmful substances) will be delivered directly to the surface.  This puts our air, our water, and our health at risk.  For more information, please email us, and we'll send you a copy of the information brochure, "Leaky Dikes and Broken Promises."

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