New Yorkers might remember the time when Governor Hugh Carey offered to drink a glass of PCB's after the Binghamton State Office Building was contaminated by a transformer fire.

But we haven't had a governor who volunteered to swill some "fracking fluid" used by gas and oil companies.

Colorado's governor is different. He hasn't offered to imbibe the stuff.

Democrat John Hickenlooper says he's already tried it.

According to The Washington Times, Hickenlooper told members of a Senate committee of his experience consuming fracking fluid provided by Halliburton: "We did drink it around the table, almost rituallike, in a funny way."

Senator Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, asked Hickenlooper if the episode was part of a bizarre occult practice.

According to the newspaper account, Hickenlooper said: "No, there were no religious overtones."

The ingredients in the Halliburton fracking fluid apparently are secret.

Hickenlooper warned lawmakers not to force companies to disclose their formulas, saying "if we were overzealous in forcing them to disclose what they had created, they wouldn't bring it into our state."

The Colorado governor was invited to appear on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program after his fracking fluid remarks in Washington.

Hickenlooper apparently has no interest in discussing his fracking fluid consumption with New Yorkers. Hickenlooper spokesman Eric Brown emailed a terse response: "The governor is not available."

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has said he'll let the science determine whether high-volume hydraulic fracturing should be allowed in the state, has not indicated a willingness to sample fracking fluid.


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