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State Rules on Fracking Fluid Disclosure

State Rules on Fracking Fluid Disclosure December 12, 2011

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.

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Garfield county's new oil and gas liaison meets Carbondale trustees

November 16, 2011
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.
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New Hydrogen Sulfide regulations, but not for drilling sites

New Hydrogen Sulfide regulations, but not for drilling sites November 4, 2011
The EPA reported this morning that it will be requiring companies to report their hydrogen sulfide emissions to Washington, starting next year. But as KDNK’s Ed Williams reports, that’s not necessarily good news for people concerned about emissions from natural gas drilling sites.
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Former oil and gas liaison says industry not properly regulated, pressures government

July 11, 2011
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.
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Leaks in natural gas infrastructure could harm air quality, conservationists say

Leaks in natural gas infrastructure could harm air quality, conservationists say July 7, 2011
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.
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Garfield County fires oil and gas liason

June 17, 2011
Garfield County fired oil and gas liaison Judy Jordan, but hasn't yet said why. KDNK's Conrad Wilson reports.
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Homeowners driven away, made sick by industry development

June 3, 2011
Demand for domestic energy has supported the natural gas industry in Western Colorado. At times that’s meant jobs and surging real estate prices. But some who live near energy development have suffered. KDNK’s Conrad Wilson discovered a number of those that live near natural gas production have been driven from their homes.
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News: Gas prices are up, but habits don't change

March 10, 2011
Gas prices are on the rise around the Roaring Fork Valley, and are expected to hit four dollars a gallon nationwide. But as KDNK’s Mathew Katz reports, that’s not changing driving habits.
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News: Garfield County Commissioners hold special meeting on new gas drilling

News: Garfield County Commissioners hold special meeting on new gas drilling November 10, 2010
Garfield County commissioners responded to pressure from residents and agreed to intervene in a plan to increase well density in populous rural areas near Silt. Now they must prepare a case similar to a civil suit and convince state regulators to listen.
Story by Marilyn Gleason.
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News: Silt Mesa residents express drilling doubts to state board

News: Silt Mesa residents express drilling doubts to state board October 29, 2010
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