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ERE Special Seminar Dramatization Video

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Almost daily city and county governments are struggling to balance the positive benefits (tax and fee revenues, jobs, etc.) associated with the production of oil and gas within their jurisdiction with possible negative effects on the health and safety of their citizens (threats to water supplies, health threats, etc.).  Vast supplies of much needed oil and gas from Shale formations are being developed and enhanced by the techniques of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. 

In this video, a hypothetical town meeting was held wherein an oil company asked for permission to drill and hydrofrac several oil and gas wells within the city limits.  Students portrayed members of the City Council of West, Colorado, county officials, executives and technical representatives of the oil company, regulatory officials, trade associations, representatives of the environmental community, local business persons and local landowners. SEE VIDEO


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Submitted on Jul 18, 2014