In this regular KDNK news series, Marilyn Gleason sits down with leading energy expert Randy Udall. The Carbondale resident is co-founder of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil-USA and founder of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, which supports and innovates renewable energy projects in the Roaring Fork Valley. This month Randy Udall returns to KDNK News with insightful monthly analysis of current and local energy topics. In February we start with local opposition to drilling and fracking, then Randy performs an autopsy on the apparently dead Keystone XL pipeline.
Antero had their yearly meeting with the Battlement Mesa community this week. KDNK's Ed Williams and Grand Junction Sentinel reporter Dennis Webb were there, and for this week's news brief they talked about gas drilling near the community and the potential for further drilling inside of town.
Glenwood Springs has so far escaped the impacts of natural gas extraction that have changed the face of communities across the West. In fact, the city was recently named Most Fun Town in America and one of the top seven ski towns in the country by Rand McNally. But, the Thompson Divide Coalition says the prospect of natural gas exploration in the mountains south of town could spoil all the fun. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
With natural gas production on the rise nationally, citizens across the country are experiencing the consequences of gas development near their homes. But in few places are residents more impacted than in the community of Battlement Mesa. For this week's episode of Fractured Communities, KDNK's Ed Williams visited the area to hear first hand how the industry is impacting residents there.
The fate of natural gas drilling in the Thompson Divide is still uncertain. The Bureau of Land Management has yet to make an important decision. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this update.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the Bureau of Land Management announced today that the agency will scale back on the rush to develop oil shale in the West. Instead of opening up 2 million acres to the controversial energy source, the BLM wants to adopt a plan favoring continued research and development on just under half a million acres in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming - but no commercial leasing.
According to the Denver Post, BLM director Bob Abbey favors a "common-sense approach to oil shale that encourages research and development first."
The plan has the support of Colorado agricultural, municipal, and recreation industry leaders as well as Colorado Senator Michael Bennet. But, not so much the American Petroleum Institute or Rio Blanco County Commissioner Ken Parsons who is concerned about jobs and energy independence.
The draft programmatic environmental impact statement is open for public comment until May 4th at http://ostseis.anl.gov./documents/peis2012/index.cfm
For this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac speaks with Lynn Burton of the Sopris Sun about this week's VCR election, and what comes next.
After spending nearly $100 million dollars lobbying Washington and the public, billionaire energy tycoon T Boone Pickens has become one of the country’s most vocal supporters of expanding natural gas drilling in the United States. KDNK’s Ed Williams spoke with T Boone Pickens about the future of natural gas and the problems some Garfield County residents have had with drilling in their area.
(Click on the story for one such resident's response to the interview)
After years of discussion, Carbondale residents voted down the proposed Village at Crystal River development in Tuesday's public election. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.
More than 100,000 fans witnessed the Winter Aspen X-Games 2012 over 4 days, according to its producer ESPN. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason was one of them, and brings this report.