oil and gas

White River National Forest
6:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Plan Looks at Future Oil, Gas Development on White River National Forest

The White River National Forests hopes to release a final oil and gas plan in late spring/early summer. The plan focuses on future leasing on the Forest.
Credit allvail.com

The White River National Forest is working toward the final stages of updating its oil and gas plan. The document sets out rules for the energy industry, like where and when they can operate on the Forest. And, it could impact what happens in the Thompson Divide. The agency is updating the old plan partly because oil and gas operations have advanced in the area. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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Thompson Divide
10:31 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Pitkin County Commissioners Urge Tipton to Support Thompson Divide Bill

Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colorado) represents Colorado's third congressional district, which includes the Roaring Fork Valley. Elected leaders in Pitkin County are hopeful he'll support a federal legislative effort to protect the Thompson Divide.
Credit tipton.house.gov

In a meeting with Pitkin County Commissioners last week, U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton said he doesn’t support legislation to protect the Thompson Divide from oil and gas drilling. Instead, Tipton wants negotiations between conservationists and energy companies to continue. For years, the sides have been working on an alternate plan to protect the area. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Oil & Gas
10:32 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Paonia Nonprofit Starts Unusual Oil & Gas Air Pollution Study

Alison Gannett examines part of her air sampling equipment.
Elise Thatcher

There’s a small army of citizen scientists just over the mountains from Carbondale. Residents in the Paonia area are donning special backpacks for twenty-four hours at a time, to collect real time data for scientific study of air pollution.  The aim is to measure what might be getting into the air from nearby oil and gas wells.

Editor's note: Below is a transcript of reporter Elise Thatcher's story. 

Alison Gannett: “Bluebell!”

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Oil & Gas
8:27 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Fracking Book Highlights Former Aspen Businessman

The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters, by Gregory Zuckerman.
Credit Portfolio Hardcover

At least one former resident of the Roaring Fork Valley has played a part in the dramatic fracking boom in the last decade. He’s one of several characters examined in a book exploring how fracking started… and there’s an odd connection to restaurants and even the OJ Simpson trial.

 

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Environment
10:02 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Sex and the Greater Sage Grouse

Greater Sage Grouse
US Fish and Wildlife Service

The Greater Sage Grouse is in trouble. The bird looks like a large chicken and has an elaborate mating dance… and it's habitat across the West has been under siege for several decades. There’s been big effort to help the bird. Now, Garfield County officials are watching closely as the federal government decides how closely to protect a big chunk of its Colorado habitat. There’s disagreement about how to do that... and huge restrictions on private and public land are at stake if officials get it wrong. The BLM is taking comments on its habitat plan for the Greater Sage Grouse.

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