On Tuesday Environmental Health Manager Jim Rada updated the county commissioners on a plan to expand air monitoring in Garfield County. The program could provide more information on air pollution from oil and gas sources, but as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, some residents think it comes up short.
Click HERE for a link to Rada's presentation
In 2010, Garfield County together with Mesa and Rio Blanco counties produced 3 percent of the total U.S. natural gas, with an estimated value that year of $3 billion. Today, after a bonanza of Bureau of Land Management leasing during the Bush-Cheney years, hydraulic fracturing has turned the key to unlock gas in western Colorado formations.
But the same technology has lowered prices for natural gas, and that has slowed production from the hyperactive rates of previous decades. Local energy expert Randy Udall is back with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason to discuss how the slowdown could impact the county's economy and how the Thompson-Divide area could become a national monument.
Over the past decade, Colorado has seen an upswing in natural gas drilling. Since 2005, energy companies have drilled over 7,000 new wells in Garfield County alone. Much of the criticism of gas production has focused on water contamination, but as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, recent studies released in Colorado are turning attention to air contamination.
On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Carolyn Sackariason of the Aspen Daily News about a suspected FBI investigation in Pitkin County.
Today on NRG (energy) with MG, KDNK's Marilyn Gleason is back with a knowledgeable guest to discuss energy and your world. Tom Phillips lives in western Colorado now, but for 30 years he worked in the international oil and gas industry. He's skeptical about oil shale development here, even as the BLM seeks public comments on its plan for leasing land.
Colorado ACLU's Mark Silverstein and Pat Blumenthal speak on civil liberties issues, including the local ICE/SRO controversy.
(the audio from this talk is divided into two parts--click on the headline to get part 2)
In January, President Obama outlined his administration's plans for creating jobs and developing domestic energy. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has been out promoting the policy, which includes an "all-of-the-above" energy strategy. KDNK's Eric Skalac and Ed Williams spoke to secretary Vilsack about gas development, and about conflicts between energy and agriculture operations.
For this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams and Eric Skalac talk about the return of the Battlement Mesa health impact assessment.
The 2010 documentary Gasland is widely credited with bringing awareness of potential problems with fracking to public awareness. For this week's episode of Fractured Communities, KDNK's Ed Williams talks with Gasland director Josh Fox about natural gas development in Colorado and across the country.
(Click through for the full interview)
Last week, the Roaring Fork School District announced a new Memorandum of Understanding for the district's Student Resource Officer--or SRO--program. A group of local students called the Association of Youth United in Action--or AJUA--has been meeting with the board for months, and had asked the board to write policy that would address concerns that SROs cross designated to ICE task forces can have a chilling effect on student and parent participation.
Following the board's approval of the memorandum last week, AJUA issued a press release criticizing the decision--claiming the memorandum lacks binding language and that they had been excluded from the policy-writing process.
KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to AJUA member Alex Alvarado about the group's disappointment with the policy-writing process, and whether they'll be bringing new evidence before the school board in an effort to have the memorandum rewritten.