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Buh-bye Bill Barrett

September 17, 2014



Denver’s Bill Barrett Corp. To Sell Some Properties, Pay Debt NEW YORK (AP) – Bill Barrett Corp. announced several deals on Tuesday that will net it about $568 million in cash and help lower its debt. The Denver-based oil and gas company said it is selling properties in the Powder River Basin, which is located […]

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USGS links earthquakes to gas drilling

September 16, 2014

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Wastewater injection is culprit for most quakes in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico SAN FRANCISCO – The deep injection of wastewater underground is responsible for the dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001, according to a study to be published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society […]

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Colorado’s fracking fight on PBS

September 9, 2014


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Click on the link to view a 9-minute PBS News Hour report on Colorado’s fracking fight that is well worth your time. Colorado fracking fuels fight between state and local government over control In Colorado, the debate over pumping pressurized water underground to extract oil and natural gas has turned local and state governments into […]

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Hickenlooper’s chosen ones

September 9, 2014


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Hickenlooper names task force to defuse drilling land-use conflicts – and shut down public dissent and grassroots organization. The task force will be led by La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt and XTO Energy Inc. president Randy Cleveland. The members include: • Sara Barwinski, member of community group Weld Air and Water • Bernie Buescher, […]

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More water test sites needed this week

September 8, 2014



Dr. Susan Nagel from the University of Missouri is conducting a study on the link between fracking and endocrine disruption. She will be in the area September 9-15, to do water testing. However she still needs more water test sites. From Dr. Nagel: My research lab has recently found an association between hydraulic fracturing for […]

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Industry group torpedoes Gov’s task force

August 29, 2014



Once again Western Colorado Congress (WCC) is targeted. This week The Coloradoan published a partial list of the 250+ applicant’s for Governor Hickenlooper’s task force. Click here for the 5-page list. In a move that appears to be designed to undermine Hickenlooper’s blue-ribbon-oil-&-gas-panel-commission-task-force, Energy in Depth – aka Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) – […]

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WSCOGA and WCC feud

August 26, 2014



Last week COGA’s Doug Flanders said that activists who are concerned about the impacts of drilling and fracking on public health and the environment are “extremists” and they “aren’t tethered to reality.” However before that happened, Dave Ludlam, executive director of the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association (WSCOGA) took on the Western Colorado […]

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End fossil fuel subsidies

August 22, 2014


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This is another installment of news you might have missed. The first one really hits home. Not at Home on the Range: Subsidized Fracking Hits Colorado A general contractor in Colorado’s Grand Valley, Duke Cox says the first time he became aware that drilling for gas might be a problem was back in the early […]

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FracFocus is a fraud

August 19, 2014


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Last week a new report published by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) disclosed that between 2010 and July 2014, diesel was used in fracking operations at 351 wells by 33 different companies. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires a permit when operators intend to use diesel. None of the companies had obtained a permit. Fracking […]

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Dirty diesel drillers

August 14, 2014


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Another study exposes government’s failure to regulate the oil & gas industry with existing rules that are already in place. To the people who said that the ethylbenzene, xylenes, and styrenes in our bodies “could be caused by anything” I say – um, yeah, like DIESEL. Fracking probe finds oil and gas companies illegally injected […]

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