Elise Thatcher

Oil & Gas
3:41 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Wastewater Wells from Drilling Can Cause Earthquakes

Geology professor Shemin Ge, University of Colorado at Boulder.
Credit Shemin Ge

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  injection wells-- and new research shows they can definitely cause earthquakes, at least in Oklahoma. Geology Professor Shemin Ge is 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.

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Business
6:36 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Seeing Drilling, Fracking Up Close

Driller Dave Duke controls the drilling string while monitoring pressures, torque, weight, distance, speed, and many more parameters from the “dog house.”
Roger Adams

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.  There are hundreds of fracked wells in Garfield County. Often you can see them from the highway.  Recently Aspen Public Radio got a tour of a fracking operation run by WPX Energy near Parachute.  Hear the story by APR's Elise Thatcher below.  See a slideshow of photographs of the rig by APR's Roger Adams HERE.

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APR Local News
10:00 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Suspension Yoga: Learning To Fly

Gabriel Axel stands next to recycled parachute cloth used in suspension yoga.
Elise Thatcher

The Wanderlust yoga festival wrapped up in Snowmass Village on Sunday, with everything from conventional classes to rafting and biking. There was a newer kind of yoga, too. APR's Elise Thatcher went to check out what’s being called suspension yoga. 

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Mountain Edition
3:40 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Mountain Edition - July 3rd, 2014

Sunday marks an anniversary of a local tragedy. A wildfire near Glenwood Springs 20 years ago, killed fourteen firefighters.

As the cycling world gears up from the Tour de France, the sport is still dusting itself off. We hear from Lance Armstrong who was found guilty of doping.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper was in Aspen this week, discussing two hot topics at the Aspen Ideas Festival - marijuana and fracking.

Another Ideas Fest speaker was Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform.

A natural history documentary screens on PBS next year and this one is unlike any other nature film. We’ll tell you why.

Finally, we’ll take you to Snowmass Village where a giant yoga festival gets underway today.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition.

State
5:32 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Hick: Drilling Rules Safe, Oil & Gas Is Temporary

Governor John Hickenlooper talks with Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund, at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival on June 30th, 2014.
Credit Screenshot from aspeninstitute.org

Colorado residents can vote this fall on whether communities can limit oil and gas drilling. The state supreme court approved four ballot measures Monday, June 30th, that allows such questions. The decision comes as Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper is in Aspen, speaking at the Ideas Festival about existing rules for the industry. He was joined yesterday by the head of the Environmental Defense Fund, Fred Krupp.

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