Fracking http://aspenpublicradio.org en Valley Roundup - July 11th, 2014 http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/valley-roundup-july-11th-2014 <p>Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories of the week in the Roaring Fork Valley.</p><p>This week - Fracking.&nbsp;</p><p>Aspen Public Radio and the Aspen Times toured a drilling and hydraulic fracturing rig in Parachute recently and this week our stories ran.&nbsp; Joining us are Scott Condon reporter for the Aspen Times and our own Elise Thatcher.</p><p>On the November ballot this year voters will have a number of fracking issues to decide, among them whether local communities should have control over oil and gas exploration.</p><p>Our reporting looked at one fracking operation run by WPX Energy.&nbsp; It is one of the big players in the industry.&nbsp; We got an up close look at what is going on at drilling rig H &amp; P 318. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:58:03 +0000 Roger Adams, Rob St. Mary & Elise Thatcher 21409 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Valley Roundup - July 11th, 2014 Mountain Edition - July 10th, 2014 http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/mountain-edition-july-10th-2014 <p>Today we have a tour of a drilling and fracking site near the Roaring Fork Valley</p><p>We’ll hear exactly what goes on there and what it sounds like.</p><p>That site and many others in Colorado use infrastructure called injection wells and they’re causing earthquakes in Oklahoma.</p><p>Legal marijuana plants and edibles must be tested before they’re sold and just three labs are doing all the testing.</p><p>A new brewery in Glenwood Springs debuts a new kind of beer in the Valley – be prepared to pucker up.</p><p>And a local favorite tells all about his new book, about hosting the long running Telluride Bluegrass Festival.</p><p>That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition... right now.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen & Elise Thatcher 21364 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Mountain Edition - July 10th, 2014 The Frackers http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/frackers-0 <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-93457e74-1757-bc8c-1c2c-e94277b7dcda"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">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. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:10:33 +0000 Roger Adams 21220 at http://aspenpublicradio.org The Frackers 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?