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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March 23, 2015

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Garfield County FLIR Tour: West Rifle booster station

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We don’t know a lot about the West Rifle booster compressor station other than Encana owns it. We know it locally because of the giant flare stack that burns regularly, but not 24/7. On the day of the FLIR tour it was not flaring. This photo of the flare stack burning was taken on March […]

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March 20, 2015

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Garfield County FLIR Tour: Ursa’s low NOx burners

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What are low NOx burners? According to the EPA’s AP-42 “Compilation of Air Pollutant Emission Factors”: “Low NOx burners reduce NOx by accomplishing the combustion process in stages. Staging partially delays the combustion process, resulting in a cooler flame which suppresses thermal NOx formation.” Here is Bob Arrington’s primer on low NOx burners: “Low NOx burners […]

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March 19, 2015

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Garfield County FLIR Tour: Dry Hollow compressor station

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“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.” The Bill Barrett – Bailey (or Dry Hollow) compressor station is located south of Silt […]

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March 18, 2015

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Garfield County FLIR Tour: Garfield Creek

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The two videos below were filmed at two separate WPX Energy well pads in the Garfield Creek Wildlife Area, south of New Castle. As you will see in these videos, even in a closed loop drilling system as is used in Garfield Creek, significant VOCs are detected leaking from the tanks. Our friends at Earthworks […]

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March 17, 2015

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Silt burns today

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Fun Facts: According to an email from town staff dated 3/13/15:  “The Town would like to burn the cattails in order to reduce the size of the wetlands, clean out the drainage ditches, and reduce the mosquito population. The burn will not kill the cattails and will also help the remaining wetlands by adding nutrients […]

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March 13, 2015

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Controlled cattail burn rescheduled for March 17

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There will be fireworks of a different sort on St. Patrick’s Day in Silt. Come hell or high water — I’m betting on hell — the town is going to burn those damn cattails. Here is the latest update from Chief Burris: Peggy, following yesterday’s meeting and conference call with the State Division of Wild […]

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