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3 generations of oil and gas contamination

April 17, 2014


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It all began with sickness and then the sick of being sickness. Since last fall my daughter Ema, granddaughter Hailey (age 12), and I have been sick – a lot. Ema actually spent a day in the ER undergoing all sorts of tests. Several thousand dollars later (she was uninsured) the doctors still didn’t know […]

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A “Unified” whomp upside TDC’s head

April 15, 2014


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Guest post by Anita Sherman* Will someone from the Thompson Divide Coalition answer this question: What good is your strategy when the areas around the Thompson Divide wilderness area are drilled, spilled, fracked, and attacked? While the board continues to say, “We have to believe that our legislators are telling the truth and trust their […]

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Jankovsky’s junk science junket

April 11, 2014

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On Tuesday (4/8) GarCo Commissioner Tom Jankovsky was in Wasington DC, testifying before the House Natural Resources Committee in support of proposed reforms to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Rep. Scott Tipton also supports the changes. Jankovsky’s sidekick Rob Roy Ramey II also testified. Ramey is the industry-friendly biologist whom Jankovsky hired to draft an […]

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Oil and gas mission creep

April 6, 2014



Knock-knock South Canyon and New Castle — the wolves are at your doorstep … Guest post by Anita Sherman* According to the BOCC Agenda for Monday 4/7/14 [3.a.1.viii] the Garfield County Board of Commissioners will approve money for engineering and design on what looks like a “bridge to nowhere” on County Road 137 (Canyon Creek […]

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We live inside this brown cloud

April 1, 2014

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Last week a friend asked, “So whatever happened with those new air quality regs?” In February, we celebrated our state’s adoption of a strict plan that includes the nation’s first statewide limit on emissions of methane (the chief component of natural gas). When methane is released into the atmosphere it becomes a potent ozone-generating, greenhouse […]

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No joke — BLM extends Thompson Divide leases

March 31, 2014


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  From Peter Hart, Conservation Analyst & Staff Attorney Wilderness Workshop BLM is playing us for fools on this April 1st. We just heard via industry press release, not from the agency itself, that BLM will extend suspensions of the SG and Ursa leases in the Thompson Divide. The fact that industry got advance notice […]

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Connect the birth defect dots

March 22, 2014



Let’s play a little game called “connect the dots.” I know. It’s the weekend. We all have stuff to do. I won’t keep you long. This article is from today’s Post Independent: Prenatal defects investigated in Garfield County GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A state epidemiologist has been called in to investigate a sudden rise in the […]

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Ursa goes green

March 14, 2014


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In the old days after the long, cold winter it was calf branding and neutering, and sheep shearing that brought the locals together for food and fun. These days in Gasland it’s the annual operator’s meeting – and for Silt that’s Ursa. Sort of like prom night for O&G geeks like me. Our hosts Don […]

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Spills on private land go unreported

March 5, 2014


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The COGCC does not maintain a list of landowners with oil & gas activity on their property. Therefore it is left up to the operators to notify the landowners when a spill has occurred. But, no worries. According to the COGCC if you’re a landowner who wasn’t notified about a spill on your property, all […]

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Ursa meeting on March 13

March 1, 2014


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Hey Silt! Mark your calendars! Ursa Resources Semi-Annual Community Meeting March 13, 2014 6:00 p.m. Colorado River Fire Rescue facility (Silt Firehouse) Ursa Landman Jeff  Powers reports: “Food and beverages will be provided. However, no guarantee on the spinach artichoke dip.”

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