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Tuesday night, Carbondale trustees again discussed drilling in the Thompson Divide. This time though, they were talking about the impact heavy trucks involved in gas drilling could have on Carbondale's West Main Street. KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke with town manager Jay Harrington after the meeting to find out more about the proposal put together by Schmueser Gordon Meyer, or SGM.
Carbondale trustees got a visit from EnCana Corporation Tuesday night, when an engineer and a stakeholder relations advisor gave a presentation on hydraulic fracturing.
EnCana is one of the largest natural gas operators in the country, and here in Garfield County, they're a major player in the extraction of natural gas. Last night, engineer Mark Balderston assured the board that because of the use of best practices when it comes to safety, they're in control of the "whole situation, all the time".
KDNK Eric Skalac caught up with Balderston after his presentation to the board to find out more about what happens to wells once they're depleted, and about how spills of produced water are treated.
The Bureau of Land Management is still deliberating about unitizing natural gas leases in the mountains south of Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. But, the Thompson Divide Coalition wants some kind of action. The Carbondale-based group sent a letter this week to energy companies, offering cash and an invitation to talk. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.
Last month's state law requiring companies to disclose the ingredients of their fracking fluid has been called the most comprehensive and transparent in the country. But House Representative Roger Wilson says there are still aspects of the drilling process that need scrutiny. KDNK's Ed Williams sat down with Representative Wilson to talk about a bill he's introducing in the legislature.
Last week, for the first time ever, government scientists drew a direct link between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water contamination. The contaminated aquifer was in Wyoming, but as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, the finding has implications here in Colorado.
Environmental groups and Colorado's oil and gas industry have set aside their differences to support a new rule for hydraulic fracturing. State regulators approved the rule on Tuesday, which requires oil and gas companies to publicly disclose the chemicals and fluids used in fracturing. As Bente Birkeland reports, it's being hailed as the most transparent rule in the country.
Kirby Wynn, Garfield County's new oil and gas liaison, started on the job at the end of September, after his predecessor was fired in June for reasons not made public. KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke with Wynn about the function of his position and the relationship between the public and the oil and gas industry.
Last month Garfield County fired oil and gas liaison Judy Jordan, for undisclosed reasons. Many saw her dismissal as an example of the industry's influence over Garfield County Government. KDNK's Conrad Wilson spoke with Judy Jordan.
A major fracture in an pipeline in Montana is spewing oil into the Yellowstone river. With natural gas pipelines cris-crossing our state, KDNK's Mathew Katz decided to find out if there's a similar danger here.