Valley Roundup - July 11th, 2014

Jul 11, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories of the week in the Roaring Fork Valley.

This week - Fracking. 

Aspen Public Radio and the Aspen Times toured a drilling and hydraulic fracturing rig in Parachute recently and this week our stories ran.  Joining us are Scott Condon reporter for the Aspen Times and our own Elise Thatcher.

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.

Our reporting looked at one fracking operation run by WPX Energy.  It is one of the big players in the industry.  We got an up close look at what is going on at drilling rig H & P 318.

The stories about H & P 318 are below:

From Aspen Public Radio:

Elise Thatcher’s report

http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/seeing-drilling-fracking-close

Photo Slideshow:

http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/frackers-0

From the Aspen Times:

Reporter Scott Condon’s reports:

http://www.aspentimes.com/news/12103522-113/wpx-drilling-wells-industry

http://www.aspentimes.com/news/12103534-113/drilling-kirtland-wpx-basin

More on Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking:)

Public disclosure of fracking fluids and searchable well-by-well map:

http://fracfocus.org/

More on WPX Energy:

http://www.wpxenergy.com/

The Download with Rob St. Mary

Oversight Board Give OK to NSA Foreign Internet Spying:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/03/world/privacy-board-backs-nsa-program-that-taps-internet-in-us.html?_r=0

16 Year Old Creates Political Money Guide:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/wp/2014/07/03/not-old-enough-to-vote-16-year-old-builds-money-in-politics-plug-in/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

Building a Better Comment Section:  

http://www.dailydot.com/technology/new-york-times-mozilla-washington-post-comments/

Video Editing by Algorithm:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/software-automatically-cuts-the-boring-out-of-your-videos/