Fracking the Western Slope

This collection of photographs of fracking operations on the Western Slope provides visual evidence about the pervasiveness of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Western Colorado, especially the I-70 corridor along the Colorado River and high up on the Roan Plateau. The aerial photographs show how fracking operations dramatically fragments critical wildlife habitats that were once roadless areas.

Fracking shatters ecosystems and traditional migration routes for a wide variety of animals including elk, moose, mule deer, black bears, mountain lions and the endangered Canada lynx. The chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing negatively impact water sources and gases degrade air quality for both animal and human communities alike.

Huge thank you to the generous support of Lighthawk volunteer pilot Jim Grady.

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