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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hickenlooper's spiel in oil, gas ad irks environmentalists

Environmental groups on Monday urged Gov. John Hickenlooper to yank ads paid for by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association in which he claims there has been no contamination of groundwater associated with drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

Hickenlooper's office declined to address that request, but COGA issued a statement saying it stands by "our Public Service Announcements."

"It is certainly true that spills and releases associated with equipment failures at drilling sites have occurred and have impacted shallow groundwater," Hickenlooper spokeswoman Megan Castle said. "That's a very different process from drilling and hydraulic fracturing."

The ads began running on radio last week. In them, Hickenlooper touts "tough... Read More