Colorado farms planning for dry spell losing auction bids for water to fracking projects - The Denver Post
Front Range farmers bidding for water to grow crops through the coming
hot summer and possible drought face new competition from oil and gas
At Colorado's premier auction for unallocated water this spring,
companies that provide water for hydraulic fracturing at well sites were
top bidders on supplies once claimed exclusively by farmers.
The prospect of tussling with energy industry giants over water leaves
some farmers and environmentalists uneasy.
"What impact to our environment and our agricultural heritage are
Coloradans willing to stomach for drilling and fracking?" said Gary
Wockner, director of the Save the Poudre Coalition --- devoted to
protecting the Cache la Poudre River....
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