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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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Garfield County FLIR Tour: Garfield Creek

March 18, 2015

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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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Hot Springs pool’s insurer denies my claim

March 10, 2015

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Part 5 For background on this story read Hot Springs therapy pool tested positive for pseudomonas aeruginosa On Monday (3/9), I received a letter from Jessica Prall, Claims Representative at Secura Insurance, the Hot Springs pool’s insurance company. The letter stated: We have completed out [sic] investigation into the […]

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Ursa in Action!

March 9, 2015

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      Guest post by Fiona Lloyd RSPN organizer and Silt Mesa resident   Ursa in action was the take home message from Monday night’s Ursa Community Meeting held at the Silt Fire House. Jeff Powers (Landman) took center stage, keeping the Ursa big guns in reserve at the back of the hall. He […]

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Nationally recognized teen focused on helping the homeless

February 17, 2015

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Glenwood Springs, CO — Chandra Starr is a young teen who gained national attention when she collected close to $20,000 for a local hunger relief organization — one penny at a time. Last year Chandra’s story appeared on the NBC Nightly News. Scholastic News featured her in the magazine last November. This year Chandra is […]

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Parachute Creek spill: Day 707

February 11, 2015

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Click here for a larger version of the map. An article in Monday’s Daily Sentinel reported that last September the EPA lifted the enforcement order that had required Williams to take actions to keep the underground plume (hydrocarbon contaminated groundwater) from contaminating Parachute Creek. According to the letter, the EPA had “determined that the threat […]

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