environment

Elk Creek Mine Methane Project
9:23 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Coal Mines Provide Enticing Green Energy Source

New methane power generation facility at the Oxbow Mine at Elk Creek.
Credit Credit Kathy Browning - Flickr

One local company is already taking advantage of methane capture at coal mines. The Aspen Skiing Company last year, invested in a project that generates energy from methane at a mine near Paonia.  Their trailblazing will set the stage for other groups to try out similar projects. Aspen Public Radio’s Ellis Robinson reports.

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Oil & Gas
10:58 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

COGA: We Want to Change the Oil and Gas Debate

Drilling in Weld County.
Gabrielle Petron Cooperative Institute for Research In Environmental Sciences

Some of Colorado’s top oil and gas promoters are worried that lawmakers... and residents... don’t understand the industry. In the coming months, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association plans to talk with both about the effects--and benefits--of drilling. The group hopes to, in their words, change the conversation about the industry... especially in Colorado’s legislature. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher recently spoke with Doug Flanders. He’s the Director of Policy & External Affairs for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. She asked Flanders why. 

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Wildfires
11:15 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Four Wildfires Now Burning In Colorado

Kirk Siegler NPR

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 7:38 am

Two days after the one year anniversary of the High Park Fire and ahead of the Waldo Canyon anniversary, Colorado’s wildfire season has started in earnest.

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Dust & Snowpack
10:07 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Digging for Dust Data

Credit Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies

If you’ve ventured out on a hot day wearing dark clothing you know that within a short time you're soaked with sweat. Similarly, when a blanket of dust settles on snow, it acts the same way - the snow sweats or melts. The result is a rapid melting of snow.  Aspen Public Radio’s Science Reporter Ellis Robinson has more.
 

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Wildfire
6:33 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Fewer Firefighters, But Not Here

Courtesy.

The Forest Service isn’t hiring as many firefighters this year, compared to years past. That’s according to the agency’s top official. Tom Tidwell testified before Congress earlier this week. He said there will be five hundred fewer firefighters this year. That’s because of sequestration, or mandatory budget cuts. Bill Kight is with the White River National Forest. Aspen Public Radio asked whether those budget cuts will mean fewer firefighters for the Forest.

“Uh no, not really, we’re in good shape this year. We’re about the same number of folks we had last year.”

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