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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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Controlled cattail burn rescheduled for March 17

March 13, 2015

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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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Colorado’s Fracking Wars Reignite

March 13, 2015

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The Blue Ribbon Boys Ride Again Guest post by Phil Doe* You’ve got to have a mind of winter to fully appreciate the pall Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s Task Force on Oil and Gas cast over the concept of good government in this state. Termed Blue Ribbon by the governor, it easily was not. It included […]

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Controlled cattail burn delayed

March 11, 2015

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The controlled cattail burn in Silt will not happen today. I couldn’t find anything about road closures in the Post Independent this morning. And I hadn’t heard anything from Chief Burris so I sent an email asking if the controlled cattail burn would be going on as scheduled for today. Chief Burris replied: Peggy, No […]

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