Tag Archives: environment

Four Corners: Raw data show “crazy” methane spikes

May 15, 2015

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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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WPX dictates GarCo land-use code

May 7, 2015

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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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New TD proposal more sleight of hand than lease swap

April 7, 2015

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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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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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Silt burns today

March 17, 2015

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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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