Today in Greeley, the city at the heart of Colorado's Front Range "frack country," a seven-member planning commission
will consider a proposal by oil and gas company Synergy to add three more well-drilling facilities "and related equipment
" to a site already being drilled in a scenic residential neighborhood roughly three miles from the city center. Synergy is one of the companies working the boom in natural-gas extraction in area of the rich Wattenberg Field, which stretches under most of north-east Colorado. The boom is mostly the product of the effectiveness of hydraulic fracturing, the extraction technique where millions of gallons of a mixture of water, chemicals and sand is blasted deep into the earth to free trapped gas.