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The drama continues over the possibility of leasing large portions of the Thompson Divide area west of Carbondale to energy companies for natural gas development. But as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, the town of Redstone is particularly worried about the economic fallout from potential gas drilling.
Job creation continues to be an important argument for expanding natural gas production in Colorado. But as KDNK's Ed Williams reports in this episode of Fractured Communities, just how many jobs industry actually brings to the state is not so cut and dry.
KDNK's Ed Williams is joined in the studio by Silt resident Lisa Bracken to talk about her experience dealing with the state and county after a botched fracking operation contaminated her property.
Dr. Colborn, a world-renowned expert on chemicals' effects on human and environmental health, talks with KDNK's Ed Williams about the implications of natural gas development in the Thompson Divide, Colorado's new fracking fluid disclosure law, and more.
(the audio link below is the short version--click on the story to access the full-length interview)
Over the past decade, Colorado has seen an upswing in natural gas drilling. Since 2005, energy companies have drilled over 7,000 new wells in Garfield County alone. Much of the criticism of gas production has focused on water contamination, but as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, recent studies released in Colorado are turning attention to air contamination.
The 2010 documentary Gasland is widely credited with bringing awareness of potential problems with fracking to public awareness. For this week's episode of Fractured Communities, KDNK's Ed Williams talks with Gasland director Josh Fox about natural gas development in Colorado and across the country.
(Click through for the full interview)
Garfield County residents have long complained of health problems and environmental degradation due to gas drilling. But as KDNK's Ed Williams reports in the fifth episode of Fractured Communities, some of those residents have had a hard time holding gas companies to account.
With natural gas production on the rise nationally, citizens across the country are experiencing the consequences of gas development near their homes. But in few places are residents more impacted than in the community of Battlement Mesa. For this week's episode of Fractured Communities, KDNK's Ed Williams visited the area to hear first hand how the industry is impacting residents there.
After spending nearly $100 million dollars lobbying Washington and the public, billionaire energy tycoon T Boone Pickens has become one of the country’s most vocal supporters of expanding natural gas drilling in the United States. KDNK’s Ed Williams spoke with T Boone Pickens about the future of natural gas and the problems some Garfield County residents have had with drilling in their area.
(Click on the story for one such resident's response to the interview)
Following the natural gas boom, Western Garfield County has become one of the country's most heavily drilled areas. But as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, some residents there are frustrated with industry and government's response to their concerns.
(Click on the story to see pictures of the West Divide contamination)
Thanks to KVNF's Ariana Brocious for help with this episode