Dem Admits ‘Scientific’ Fracking Study is ‘Political’

April 9, 2014
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DENVER — Legislative Democrats say they’re pushing for a “scientific” study on the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing, even though the bill’s sponsor admits that it’s “political.”

Revealing Politics released a video Tuesday from last week’s hearing before the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee at which state Rep. Joann Ginal (D-Fort Collins) acknowledged that the oversight committee would be weighted in favor of Democrats.

“Yeah, it’s political,” said Ginal. “I mean, the governor is choosing some people, but what we’re trying to do as far as the majority and minority is let everyone have a chance at choosing someone.”

Her response came as a result of questioning from state Rep. Lois Landgraf (R-Fountain), who pointed out that House Bill 1297 creates a 13-member “scientific oversight committee,” eight of whom would be appointed by partisan elected officials.

Democrats would have six appointments: Gov. John Hickenlooper would name four, while House Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) would appoint one and Senate President Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora) would appoint one.

Republicans would name two members to the oversight committee, one by House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso and one by Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman.

“If that doesn’t speak to bias, I don’t know what does,” said Landgraf.

Republicans have accused Democrats of pushing the Front Range study in an effort to smear the oil and gas industry.

“With Democrats controlling the study, how ‘scientific’ could it be?” asked Revealing Politics at the end of the video.

The committee passed the bill on a 6-5 partisan vote. The measure is scheduled to be heard Friday in the House Appropriations Committee.

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3 Responses to Dem Admits ‘Scientific’ Fracking Study is ‘Political’

  1. VanitySmear
    April 11, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Emphasizing a political angle, given that it’s by and for politicians, is always present and has become, for the purposes of this news story, a distraction away from Fracking’s true impact on the public. The only science the public sees is from the oil and gas industry, which conveniently aids and abets their community and environmental assault.

    This EPA document spells out the hideous impact of Frack Science, both in it’s legal/lethal status (by exemption) and explains the genesis how they garnered their supreme authority to pollute.

    http://www.epa.gov/osw/nonhaz/industrial/special/oil/oil-gas.pdf

    • Joan b
      April 25, 2014 at 8:00 am

      Facts really send you folks into a frenzy. Especially when you don’t get your way.
      government facts are as twisted in their favor probably more then most! You haven’t noticed that lately? Is your intent to ruin this states economy and income for families and business and education? The worthless bill ritter did that and it took quite a while for the state to recover. Schools and education suffered terribly.

  2. Energy Citizens
    April 15, 2014 at 8:40 am

    The hypocrisy here is disgraceful. We can study fracking in two ways: through the lens of partisanship and ideology or through the lens of objective science. We cannot have it both ways, as Rep. Joann Ginal (D-Fort Collins) should acknowledge.
    -Renee

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