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Video: Fracking Brings Jobs, Growth to Colorado

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 22, 2014

Here’s another one of our new videos – featuring residents of Colorado’s Weld County, where significant oil and natural gas development is occurring thanks to shale reserves and advanced hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling:

Key points worth underscoring:

  • Oil and natural gas companies sent $265 million in tax revenue to the county in 2013.
  • The county is the only debt-free county in the state, largely thanks to oil and natural gas activity.
  • Energy development is creating jobs and economic growth while generating tax revenue for important public needs – including hospitals, roads and other infrastructure.

Natalia Delgado, a student in Aims Community College’s Oil & Gas Program:

“This is what the oil and gas business is doing for our community. When you hear it from someone that you know, that makes a huge difference. And then you start getting people more interested and saying, hey, I want to learn more.”

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Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.