Energy companies reported some 90 spills of hydrocarbons and oil and gas byproducts in Garfield County last year. Many of those spills took place on private property, where residents leased their land to drilling companies. But a KDNK news investigation reveals some of those residents were unaware that spills had taken place on their property—and that state regulators aren't checking to make sure landowners are properly informed of spills. KDNK's Ed Williams reports.
(Click on the story for an interactive map of oil and gas spills in Garfield County)
Local law enforcement teams arrested two suspects Monday in connection to the recent murder of Aspen native Nancy Pfister. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.
On this week's news brief, a U.S Department of Labor investigation shakes up Aspen's hospitality industry. KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Chad Abraham of the Aspen Daily News about his coverage of the story this week.
A coalition of groups recently submitted a ballot initiative for state review that would amend the state constitution and give more control over oil and gas extraction to municipal and county governments. Proponents say state regulations aren't strict enough and that local governments should have more of a say in how and where energy extraction takes place.
While Roaring Fork Valley officials agree with the importance of local input on energy exploration, they say the proposed ballot language is too vague. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke to Roaring Fork Valley officials to get their responses to the initiative.
Voters in November may get to decide whether local governments within Colorado could place their own restrictions on oil and gas extraction, including whether to frack or not to frack. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more about a ballot initiative sponsored by Local Control Colorado.
For this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams talks to Nelson Harvey of the Aspen Daily News about the recent developments on the evictions of residents from Basalt's Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park.
Out in the Gila National Forest, ranchers and environmentalists are working together to protect endangered wolves, while also protecting ranchers' livelihoods. In the current issue of the High Country News, writer April Reese investigates the surprising new strategy for endangered wildlife protection being tried in New Mexico.
For this episode of Sounds of the High Country, our collaboration with the High Country News, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Reese about how two usually antagonistic groups are working on a solution that could make everyone happy.
Garfield County Commissioners recently closed the door on a nine-year study of the potential impacts of natural gas drilling on groundwater in areas south of Silt. Wyoming-based hydrologist Dr. Geoffrey Thyne, who weighed in on the results of Phase III of the study, had previously voiced concerns about a possible link between natural gas exploration and groundwater contamination. Now, he says there is none. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
The conflict over gas drilling in the Thompson Divide heated up this week when the Thompson Divide Coalition released a new economic and geologic analysis of the area. On this week’s news brief, KDNK’s Ed Williams and Eric Skalac talk about the new developments.
Related: Local governments appeal gas lease extensions in the Thompson Divide
The Thompson Divide Coalition released a geologic and economic analysis Wdnesday calling the Thompson Divide region "extremely unattractive to drill and operate wells". KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.