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Colorado's regulations of fracking, the controversial oil and gas extraction technique, are being examined by a third-party group in Denver today. As KDNK's Daniel Costello reports, this is the first outside review since Colorado revised its drilling rules three years ago.
Energy company SG Interests recently asked the Bureau of Land Management to allow a merger of the leases they hold on the Thompson Divide near Carbondale. If approved, it would make it much easier for them to drill for natural gas in the area. To find out more about concerns about this drilling, William Evans, host of KDNK's Shifting Gears, spoke with Jock Jacober, the head of the Thompson Divide Coalition.
For the first time in years, the drought stricken West may actually have plenty of water. With record snowfall in the mountain West, rivers are flowing at record levels. And as KDNK's Conrad Wilson reports, that means water shortages might not be as severe this summer.
Garfield County unveiled their new community solar array yesterday. The idea behind the project is that all Holy Cross customers can now get solar power without installing solar panels on their home.
The governor is now touring the state to sign many of those bills. KVNF's Ariana Brocious reports that one of the first bills on the list—combining the Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks agencies—was dreamed up by the Governor himself.
It's estimated that 46,000 recognizable pieces of plastic are floating in every square mile of ocean on the planet. Richard Lang and his wife Judith Selby Lang make art from trash that washes up on California's beaches. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason spoke with the duo.
Last year David de Rothchild sailed a 60-foot catamaran from San Francisco to Australia. His ship was kept afloat by thousands of plastic water bottles pulled from trash cans. Last week David de Rothchild made another journey to Telluride to speak about his adventures and ideas at Mountainfilm. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason spoke to him there.
Record snowpack in Colorado and throughout the West is raising concerns about potential flooding for the region. KDNK's Conrad Wilson spoke about what this year's runoff might look like with Kirk Johnson, the Denver bureau chief for The New York Times.
Springtime in Aspen and throughout the Roaring Fork Valley means it's bear season. Every year the Division of Wildlife tries to limit the number of incidents between people and bears, but as KDNK's Conrad Wilson reports sometimes even the best efforts result in less than ideal outcomes.
The Bureau of Land Management held a meeting in Rifle yesterday to hear the public's concerns about oil shale development in Western Colorado. Oil Shale is a kind of rock that releases petroleum when heated and processed. KDNK's Mathew Katz attended the meeting, and found out that many peoples' opinions were pretty balanced.