Environment http://aspenpublicradio.org en Women Target for Hunting & Fishing Skills http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/women-target-hunting-fishing-skills <p>The number of women who are hunting and fishing is growing and in some years is outpacing the number of men who receive hunting licenses.&nbsp; This trend hasn’t been missed by Colorado’s Division of Parks and Wildlife which relies heavily on license sales to fund its management of wild lands.&nbsp; Earlier this week, Parks and Wildlife hosted a free hunting and fishing clinic for women in Basalt.&nbsp; Dorothy Atkins went along and filed this report.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:03:30 +0000 Dorothy Atkins 21699 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Women Target for Hunting & Fishing Skills Pro-Fracking Discussion Comes to Aspen http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/pro-fracking-discussion-comes-aspen <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supporters of oil and gas production will hold a discussion tonight in Aspen. The Pitkin County Republicans are hosting filmmakers who have challenged the premise and facts behind the anti-fracking film “Gasland.” One of the goals is to figure out whether or not fracking is a good idea. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:20:07 +0000 Elise Thatcher 21552 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Pro-Fracking Discussion Comes to Aspen Wastewater Wells from Drilling Can Cause Earthquakes http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/wastewater-wells-drilling-can-cause-earthquakes <p></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><o:p></o:p></p><p><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Drilling for oil and gas brings up a lot of water. If operators don’t reuse it for something else, they often pump it back down into the ground. The water goes down in what are called &nbsp;injection wells-- <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/345/6192/13.summary" target="_blank">and new research shows they can definitely cause earthquakes</a>, <a href="http://newsok.com/earthquakes#.U719ho1dW3k" target="_blank">at least in Oklahoma</a>. Geology Professor </span><span style="line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Shemin Ge </span>is <span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">with the University of Colorado at Boulder. She worked on the study, and spoke with APR’s Elise Thatcher. Ge says it took different kinds of scientists working together to figure out what’s going on.</span></span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:41:04 +0000 Elise Thatcher 21303 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Wastewater Wells from Drilling Can Cause Earthquakes Seeing Drilling, Fracking Up Close http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/seeing-drilling-fracking-close <p class="p1">The word “fracking” has come to mean drilling in general for oil and gas-- and a major concern for communities and environmentalists in Colorado and elsewhere.In reality the process of hydraulic fracturing is a specialized procedure used to create cracks in shale deposits thousands of feet underground which in turn releases trapped natural gas. &nbsp;There are hundreds of fracked wells in Garfield County. Often you can see them from the highway. &nbsp;Recently Aspen Public Radio got a tour of a fracking operation run by WPX Energy near Parachute. &nbsp;Hear the story by APR's Elise Thatcher below. &nbsp;See a slideshow of photographs of the rig by APR's Roger Adams <a href="http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/frackers-0" target="_blank">HERE.</a></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:36:16 +0000 Elise Thatcher 21198 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Seeing Drilling, Fracking Up Close Fracking: Is There a Fix to the Fight? http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/fracking-there-fix-fight <p><strong>Fracking: Is There a Fix to the Fight?</strong></p><p>Domestic shale gas has transformed the US energy equation, but its development can have unacceptable impacts on air and water quality, while methane emissions from oil and gas development can undo the climate benefit of burning natural gas instead of other fossil fuels. Colorado has led the way with the nation's strongest air pollution standards for oil and gas development, including the first direct regulation of methane. Governor John Hickenlooper and Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp, who worked closely on the breakthrough rules in Colorado, lead a discussion of the way forward for shale gas.</p><p>Fred Krupp, John Hickenlooper, Gillian Tett</p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:23:34 +0000 Rob St. Mary 20826 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Fracking: Is There a Fix to the Fight?