Personally, we’d never drink from a cup that Halliburton handed us. It seems like it would be likely to contain crude oil or crushed babies or something, and would probably seal us in a blood pact where we have to spend half the year in the underworld. But Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) is a braver man, apparently. He took the cup offered to him by Halliburton and — in what he describes as a “ritual-like” way — took a gulp.

In the cup was fracking fluid.

Hickenlooper, who describes himself as a “recovering geologist,” told the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday: “You can drink it. We did drink it around the table, almost ritual-like, in a funny way.”

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“Like a pact?” asked Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), a recovering comedian who did not find this funny at all.

It did sort of sound like a secret pact. According to Hickenlooper, he was sitting around a table with environmental community representatives and industry reps and they all took a drink.

Franken wondered if it were some sort of occult practice.

“No, there were no religious overtures,” the governor told him. Perhaps it was more of a celebratory toast to all the livelihoods fracking has destroyed.

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Halliburton does say its fracking fluid comes from “ingredients sourced from the food industry.” Whatever that means, we wouldn’t drink it. Crushed babies are sourced from all-natural ingredients, too.

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