Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced to a Senate committee Tuesday that he drank fracking fluid. The Gov. drinks the fracking fluid as a way to show that it is safe, the Denver Post reported on Feb. 14.
"The fluid is made entirely 'of ingredients sourced from the food industry,' the company says, making it safe for Mr. Hickenlooper and others to imbibe."
He expressed to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources,
“You can drink it. We did drink it around the table, almost ritual-like in a funny way. It was a demonstration. … they’ve invested millions of dollars in what is a benign fluid in every sense.”
Sen. Al Franken, Minnesota Democrat, asked the Gov. did he drink the fracking fluid as some sort of strange occult practice. Gov. Hickenlooper said,
“No, there were no religious overtures.”
Although some found the governor's admission quite funny, he said that he mentioned drinking the fracking fluid in order to make a point.
Ecological groups have continued to express their concern about the safety of the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is for the environment. They believe that fracking fluids, which are injected under high pressure into a geological formation (or sometimes several courses), with the aim of unclogging one well or exposing hydrocarbons ( gas , oil ), could potentially contaminate drinking water beneath the earth.
Mr. Hickenlooper stressed that fracking fluid is so safe that you can drink it and not get sick. He also expressed his concern with state and federal lawmakers going overboard to make companies like Halliburton disclose formulas for such products.
“If we were overzealous in forcing them to disclose what they had created, they wouldn’t bring it into our state,” he said.