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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.
The Bureau of Land Management is holding a meeting later today to hear concerns from the public about the environmental impact of oil shale drilling in Western Colorado. But the meeting is the first in a long process.
It’s not easy for a water district to give up a huge bundle of water rights. But last week that’s what the West Divide Water Conservancy District did after years of debating what to do with them.
Last month, KDNK News and Aspen Journalism reported on the water rights with a series of stories. KDNK's Conrad Wilson and Brent Gardner-Smith of Aspen Journalism report.
Congressional Democrats are out with a report Monday that examines the chemicals used during the hydraulic fracturing, or fracing process. As KDNK's Conrad Wilson reports, the chemicals used range from the nontoxic to harmful.
The U.S. Forest Service has proposed new rules protecting roughly 4.2 million acres of roadless forest land in Colorado. KDNK’s Mathew Katz has more.
White nose syndrome has killed more than one million bats in the Eastern US over the past four years and is now heading West. Biologists know the benefits of bats, but they don't know how to stop what appears to be the rapid spread of this mysterious disease. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with US Forest Service Biologist Phil Nyland, to find out about the bat threat and efforts to protect Colorado Caves. Cave closures are in effect through July. You can learn more here.
Last week the Colorado Petroleum Agency backed off their push that would've allowed oil and natural gas companies to dispose of pit liners on site. The liners are important to protecting the environment. Laws that require companies to clean them up went into effect two years ago. And as KDNK's Conrad Wilson reports, repealing the rules could've had serious consequences.
Conservation groups and alternative energy advocates are at odds over a proposal that would put solar panels on public lands in Colorado and other Western states. KDNK's Conrad Wilson says a new report calls the federal government's plans into question.
A bill being considered in the statehouse would drastically increase the energy industry's representation on Colorado's oil and gas regulation commission. If it passes, it could mean huge deregulation of an industry that many in the state are concerned about. KDNK's Mathew Katz and Conrad Wilson sat down with KVNF's Ariana Brocious to discuss what the changes would mean for drilling in Colorado.
The US Forest Service is looking to update the way it manages forest. The plan the agency operates under has been around since 1982. KDNK's Conrad Wilson spoke about the Forest Service's new proposal with Elise Jones, the executive director of the Colorado Environmental Coalition.