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In the early years of the Bush II administration, thousands of acres in rugged, sub-alpine forest near Carbondale were leased to gas drillers. A diverse citizens group representing ranchers and tree-huggers updated town trustees this week on its efforts to reverse the leases. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason has a report.
Even though the flow of oil has stopped in the Gulf of Mexico, the crisis continues. Now some are questioning Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's leadership and efforts to reform the federal agencies under his watch - many that were laxly regulated under the Bush administration.
While Salazar has made strides to improve government oversight of the nation's domestic energy industry, KDNK's Conrad Wilson found some are wondering whether it's too little, too late for Colorado's native son.
And to find out how likely it is that Salazar will leave the department, KDNK's Conrad Wilson & Mathew Katz spoke with NPR's Jeff Brady.
Oil and gas drilling employs thousands of people in Colorado. In total, it's about six percent of the state's employment. But not all of those workers are Colorado residents. As part of our series on oil and gas development, KDNK's Sophia Clark took a look at who's working in the industry.
A study just released by MIT, says natural gas will play a greater role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the next several decades, mostly by replaces older and inefficient coal power plants with plants powered by more efficient natural gas. A new law passed in Colorado this year requires this very thing.
As part of our series on oil and natural gas, KDNK's Conrad Wilson spoke with Melanie Kenderdine, executive director of the MIT Energy Initiative.
Energy companies spill oil and other fluids associated with the drilling process frequently. It's just usually not as public as what happened with BP in the Gulf of Mexico.
Garfield County produces more natural gas than any other place in the state. The energy company Williams harvests enough natural gas - every day - to heat all the homes in Denver. And with that volume of production, mistakes are bound to occur.
An analysis of state data by KDNK News shows hundreds of documented spills throughout the county over the last decade. KDNK's Conrad Wilson reports.
As part of our series on water this week, we'll be keeping you up-to-date with the latest news on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. As you may have heard earlier in the show, the commander of the U.S. Coast Guard took to the TV news networks yesterday to discuss efforts to clean up the spill. KDNK's Mathew Katz and Sophia Clark have more.