oil and gas http://aspenpublicradio.org en 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 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 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