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New FLIR videos from Front Range oil and gas sites

November 30, 2017

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The Earthworks Community Empowerment Project (formerly known as Citizens Empowerment Project) is a powerful tool that enables communities to use the best available technology to expose toxic fracking air pollution. Thanks to the generosity of supporters, Earthworks purchased a FLIR GasFinder 320 camera, the same kind used by industry and government agencies to detect leaks […]

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GarCo BOCC approves more drilling in Battlement Mesa

November 16, 2017

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Updated 11/17/17 11:50 p.m. After two public hearings, one on Tuesday and then again on Thursday, the Garfield County commissioners approved Ursa’s second phase including the construction of a new A pad with 24 natural gas wells and a wastewater injection well less than 500 feet from some homes. This fracking wastewater injection well will […]

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Toxic emissions pollute air at Erie’s Aspen Ridge Prep School

November 14, 2017

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On Saturday, November 11, Denver Channel 7 featured this news story about Vessels Minerals Well Pad near the Aspen Ridge Preparatory School in Erie, CO. Oil & gas plug site forced to shut down after violation is found near elementary school WELD COUNTY, Colo. – An oil and gas plug site was forced to temporarily […]

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Garfield County FLIR tour: Battlement Mesa well pads

November 13, 2017

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On November 16, the Garfield County commissioners approved Ursa’s second phase including the construction of a new A pad with 24 natural gas wells and a wastewater injection well less than 500 feet from some homes. This fracking wastewater injection well would be closer to homes than anywhere in Colorado. These two FLIR videos were filmed […]

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Earthworks launches Oil and Gas Threat Map

June 15, 2016

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Today, Earthworks and their partners launched a groundbreaking new tool that documents every oil and gas well in the United States, in addition to many of the compressor stations and processing plants. Nothing like this has ever been compiled before. Earthworks took publicly available and privately held data to create the most comprehensive, searchable fracking […]

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Garfield County FLIR Tour: Parachute Creek Facilities

March 25, 2015

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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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Garfield County FLIR Tour: Anvil Points and Rulison compressor stations

March 24, 2015

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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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Garfield County FLIR Tour: West Rifle booster station

March 23, 2015

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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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Garfield County FLIR Tour: Ursa’s low NOx burners

March 20, 2015

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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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Garfield County FLIR Tour: Dry Hollow compressor station

March 19, 2015

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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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