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Fracking satire

December 31, 2011

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I wish to end the year on a high note – or at least go out laughing. It has been a strange year for us in Gasland. We have hydrogen sulfide in our air and benzene our water, but both of those are “naturally occurring” and not in large enough quantities to be harmful and […]

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Fracking disclosure rules – the gift that keeps on giving

December 16, 2011

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Let’s face it. The oil and gas industry has taken some nasty hits this year, what with bad press in the New York Times, lawsuits, and that whole EPA mess up in Pavillion, Wyoming. For as long as anyone can remember the public has been clamoring for fracking disclosure rules. So the COGCC and COGA […]

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Occupy COGCC

December 5, 2011

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The COGCC performed before a packed house Monday (12/5) in a public hearing on a proposed new rule requiring disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing by energy companies. In what has been called the “trade secret loophole, the COGCC will continue to allow companies to conceal certain chemicals or mixtures if they claim trade […]

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Insurgents R Us

November 11, 2011

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Sharon Wilson, director of the Oil & Gas Accountability Project for the nonprofit environmental group Earthworks, showed up at an oil industry conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Houston, during the first week of November. She recorded the conference and some of the most bizarre audio is making the rounds on the interwebs. Oil […]

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The end of Silt as we know it

November 9, 2011

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Latest update:  Because Antero has pulled the application from the COGCC website and is reviewing it, the hearing which was scheduled for December has been delayed. The Silt town staff has asked that when the COGCC hearing is re-scheduled it be held in Silt or Rifle. They have also asked for a meeting with Antero […]

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EPA lifts 17-year old stay on H2S reporting

November 5, 2011

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In 1993 hydrogen sulfide was added to the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory. Less than a year later the agency issued an administrative stay on H2S reporting requirements as a favor to the oil & gas industry. That stay has been lifted based on findings from the 2005 Earthworks Oil & Gas Accountability Project (OGAP) research […]

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Mayor Dave is a shill for Antero

November 3, 2011

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Here’s the latest from Antero’s mouthpiece, the Post Independent: Antero temporarily pulls South Gravel Trend drilling plan Company will read through agency comments, resubmit plan at later date Oh blah, blah, blah. Like I said in my previous post, Antero pulled the app because of the publicity. They want us chickens to settle down and […]

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Antero pulls application – for now

November 2, 2011

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Read Antero’s CDP. This 11-page pdf includes a map of the 8,500 acres to be developed south of Silt. At the Silt P&Z meeting on November 1, Town Administrator Pamela Woods said that Antero pulled their application from the COGCC website. Woods and Community Development Director Janet Aluise explained that Antero said the application will […]

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Scary Halloween news

October 31, 2011

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That’s right. On Friday (10/28) this bombshell was dropped on page 3 of The Paper. Antero plans increased drilling activity south of Silt Company seeks approval for up to 850 new wells When I first read the headline I thought it said “Antero plans secret drilling activity …” My conjunctivitis-clogged eyes were playing tricks on […]

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Noble’s Flaherty flip-flops on H2S emissions

October 20, 2011

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In a series of two Post Independent articles by reporter John Colson, Noble Energy community relations director Stephen Flaherty made contradictory statements about hydrogen sulfide emissions. Unfortunately Colson didn’t call it to Flaherty’s – or readers’ – attention. State, Noble confirm 46 hydrogen sulfide incidents “Our well pads are a closed system. There is no […]

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