Environment

Environment
3:05 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Helicopters Part of Annual Wildlife Count

Live mule deer captured with net-gunning.
Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife

Most hunting seasons are winding down, but things are just getting busy at the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. The agency is starting up its annual survey of animals across the state, which can require something called “net-gunning.” Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Division Spokesman Mike Porras.

 

 

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Oil & Gas
10:32 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Paonia Nonprofit Starts Unusual Oil & Gas Air Pollution Study

Alison Gannett examines part of her air sampling equipment.
Elise Thatcher

There’s a small army of citizen scientists just over the mountains from Carbondale. Residents in the Paonia area are donning special backpacks for twenty-four hours at a time, to collect real time data for scientific study of air pollution.  The aim is to measure what might be getting into the air from nearby oil and gas wells.

Editor's note: Below is a transcript of reporter Elise Thatcher's story. 

Alison Gannett: “Bluebell!”

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Oil & Gas
8:27 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Fracking Book Highlights Former Aspen Businessman

The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters, by Gregory Zuckerman.
Credit Portfolio Hardcover

At least one former resident of the Roaring Fork Valley has played a part in the dramatic fracking boom in the last decade. He’s one of several characters examined in a book exploring how fracking started… and there’s an odd connection to restaurants and even the OJ Simpson trial.

 

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Environment
10:02 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Sex and the Greater Sage Grouse

Greater Sage Grouse
US Fish and Wildlife Service

The Greater Sage Grouse is in trouble. The bird looks like a large chicken and has an elaborate mating dance… and it's habitat across the West has been under siege for several decades. There’s been big effort to help the bird. Now, Garfield County officials are watching closely as the federal government decides how closely to protect a big chunk of its Colorado habitat. There’s disagreement about how to do that... and huge restrictions on private and public land are at stake if officials get it wrong. The BLM is taking comments on its habitat plan for the Greater Sage Grouse.

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Oil & Gas
9:06 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

New Air Regs Could Be in Colorado’s Oil & Gas Future

Jennifer Richardson, Garfield County resident after an October 9th meeting held by Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, Roaring Fork Sierra Club, Wilderness Workshop, Western Colorado Congress, and Conservation Colorado.
Credit Elise Thatcher

Colorado has a problem with air pollution… levels of ozone have been going up, and that can cause health problems. So the state is taking a look at tightening up air regulations for drilling companies. But, some say much is being done already. 

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