May 15, 2015

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Four Corners: Raw data show “crazy” methane spikes

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Last October scientists from the University of Michigan discovered a mystery. They reported a large methane bloom over the southwestern U.S. while in the middle of analyzing climate data collected by the European Space Agency’s Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography (SCIAMACHY) satellite from 2003 and 2009. The methane bloom centers on the Colorado-New […]

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May 13, 2015

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Study finds high PAH levels near gas wells

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People living or working near active natural gas wells may be exposed to certain pollutants at higher levels than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for lifetime exposure, according to scientists from Oregon State University and the University of Cincinnati. The researchers found that hydraulic fracturing — a technique for releasing natural gas from below-ground […]

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May 8, 2015

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Lawsuit exposes how Encana cheats workers

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Six oil & gas workers have filed suit against Encana for improperly classifying them as contract workers. In an in-depth article in today’s Daily Sentinel, reporter Dennis Webb describes in detail how oil & gas operators use ICAs (independent contractor agreements) to cheat workers out of thousands of dollars in overtime pay, benefits, unemployment, and […]

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May 7, 2015

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WPX dictates GarCo land-use code

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If you’ve ever wondered who really runs the show in Garfield County look no further than Monday’s BOCC meeting. (Click here to watch — advance to 4:22, runs about 1 hour) In a sickening display of capitulation, the Commissioners blatantly ignored the recommendations of the entire Planning Commission, plus  Michael Sullivan, alternate commissioner, and Kirby […]

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April 30, 2015

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Every day is air quality awareness week

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This week is National Air Quality Awareness Week –– oops I almost missed it — the one week out of the year when the CDC and the EPA join forces to spread propaganda about air pollution and blame it on us. It’s a week dedicated to hammering home their message in the media that air […]

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April 21, 2015

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BLM opens public comments on proposed oil and gas rule changes

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rules governing oil and gas royalty rates, rental payments, lease sale minimum bids, civil penalty caps, and bonding requirements are sorely outdated. For example today’s bonding requirements were set back in the 1950s during the Eisenhower Administration. Last Friday, the BLM issued a press release in which Secretary of […]

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April 15, 2015

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BTEX exposure is an increasing public health concern

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Unconventional oil & gas facilities (UOG) such as this compressor station along Hwy 6 near Rulison are common sources of ambient BTEX pollution in western Garfield County. For more videos take the Garfield County FLIR Tour.   This just in from The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX) — New Look at BTEX: Are Ambient Levels a […]

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April 7, 2015

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New TD proposal more sleight of hand than lease swap

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On Saturday, an article in the Post Independent announced a proposed swap of SG Interests’ and Ursa’s oil & gas leases in the Thompson Divide for leases on lands in Rio Blanco, Delta, Mesa, and Gunnison counties. A few details were offered up. For one thing the proposal would require federal legislation and congressional approval, […]

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March 25, 2015

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Garfield County FLIR Tour: Parachute Creek Facilities

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Parachute Creek meanders through a breathtaking mountain valley north of Parachute. The land is now dominated by Williams and WPX Energy oil & gas sites and facilities. Williams’ massive Parachute Plant Complex includes a gas processing plant which is the site of the 2013 Parachute Creek spill. In this video, Earthworks thermographer Pete Dronkers focuses […]

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March 24, 2015

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Garfield County FLIR Tour: Anvil Points and Rulison compressor stations

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What is a compressor station? A compressor station is a facility which helps the transportation process of natural gas from one location to another. Natural gas, while being transported through a gas pipeline, needs to be constantly pressurized at intervals of 40 to 100 miles.[1] Siting is dependent on terrain, and the number of gas […]

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