by Valerie Richardson
DENVER — Environmentalists are still waiting for proof that hydraulic fracturing makes people sick, but that’s not stopping them from whipping up anxiety over public health.
Two high-profile research papers seeking connections between hydraulic fracturing and health issues in Garfield County, Colo., are being trumpeted as evidence that fracking is harmful, even though the studies don’t show that…
“Studies like this have appeared from time to time around the country, and they always have the same problem: They find a trace chemical, in this case in the Colorado River, and they just sort of assert that it came from hydraulic fracturing,” said Greg Walcher, former head of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. “It’s just plain bad science.”