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Raton Basin’s Las Animas County Fracking Reviewed by EPA

by Kenneth E. DuBose on July 2, 2011

Looks like we’ll get a good cross section of areas tested in the EPA’s study of Hydraulic Fracturing. The Raton Basin is well known for its CBM production and some CO2 production, but not much else. Most other areas included in the study produce shale gas, shale oil, and tight gas.

“A southern Colorado landowner who contends natural gas development sullied his well water says he hopes an upcoming federal study of hydraulic fracturing in the Raton Basin in Las Animas County is rigorous.”

“Landowner Tracy Dahl of Las Animas County had pushed for the EPA to include the area in its study. He filed a complaint last year contending fracking contaminated his drinking water, but state regulators concluded he couldn’t prove work at a coal-bed methane well near his property caused the problems.”

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