February 5, 2016

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Forgotten: Did the State of Colorado Leave Residents with Bad Water?

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In the midst of all the breaking news about the lead contamination in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, this week, H20 Radio released an alarming investigative report about water well contamination in Colorado’s Raton Basin. Gas drilling arrived in southern Raton Basin [see map below] in the late 1990s, and along with it came heavy […]

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February 1, 2016

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Colorado and California: Getting Gassed Together

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Guest post by Phillip Doe* In the past few weeks, something truly unusual happened here in Colorado. It wasn’t that the Arctic Vortex had taken up residence in the state. The temperature at the North Pole, at least for a moment, was warmer than the prevailing temperatures along Colorado’s front range. And it wasn’t that […]

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January 28, 2016

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Ursa’s permits to drill open for public comment

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The applications to build two well pads, 53 wells, and an associated pipeline system in Battlement Mesa are now before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) for review. The permits for both B and D pads have been deemed complete and are now open for public comment until February 16th. But don’t wait […]

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January 25, 2016

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COGCC ‘s new rules fail to address residential drilling crisis

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission met today in a marathon hearing session that lasted well past 6:00 p.m., to finalize new rules pertaining to task force recommendations No. 17 and 20. No. 17 recommends collaboration between local governments, COGCC, and operators on siting of large-scale oil & gas facilities. No. 20 recommends that […]

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January 22, 2016

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Obama targets methane emissions on public lands

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Secretary Jewell Announces Proposal to Reduce Methane Emissions, Wasted Gas on Public, Tribal Lands Proposal Would Limit Venting, Flaring and Leaking from Oil & Gas Operations to Reduce Waste and Harmful Emissions, Provide Fair Return to Taxpayers WASHINGTON – As part of the Interior Department’s reform agenda for a cleaner, more secure energy future, U.S. […]

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January 22, 2016

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Could Glenwood Springs become the next Porter Ranch?

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On October, 23, 2015, a blowout occurred at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility near the community of Porter Ranch, CA (population about 30,500) which resulted in a massive, unstoppable leak of methane and other toxic chemicals. At first, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas, a division of Sempra Energy) claimed the gas was non-toxic […]

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January 19, 2016

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Ursa puts off drilling in Battlement Mesa till 2017

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Dave Devanney reported that Ursa has informed Battlement Concerned Citizens that they plan to begin their operations in the second quarter of 2017. Previously Rob Bleil, regulatory and environmental manager for Ursa, had stated that construction on the well pads would likely start in July or August 2016. This welcome delay gives Battlement Mesa more […]

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January 12, 2016

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Trails groups ensure trail access

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The recent closure of the Beaver Creek Road illustrates perfectly the function of and the need for organizations like West Elk Multi-Use Club (WEMUC). Road closure south of Rifle causes confusion RIFLE — Rather than hit the slopes at upvalley resorts, some residents prefer to grab their skis or snowshoes and head south from town […]

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January 8, 2016

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LOGIC will defend human rights against drilling rights

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LOGIC will ensure a voice for Coloradans dealing with increased neighborhood drilling On January 7, Community organizations across Colorado announced the formation of LOGIC (The League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans), to help Coloradans who increasingly face challenges that arise from oil and gas drilling near neighborhoods and homes. “It is time to change […]

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January 7, 2016

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Battlement Mesa residents speak out

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With the holidays upon them almost immediately after the GarCo Commissioners approved Ursa’s special use permits to drill 53 wells on 2 well pads, plus 2.5 miles of pipelines inside the Battlement Mesa PUD, residents barely had time to process the news much less react to it. During the past three weeks however residents have […]

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