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During the first day of last week's Oil and Gas Task Force meeting in Rifle, nearly 400 people from all over Colorado attended panel discussions and a public comment period, with ideas ranging from more regulations to no regulations to national security and public health. KDNK was there and brings you some of those voices.
The Governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force met in Rifle this week. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh was at Wednesday's meeting and has this report.
U.S. Forest Service officials released a 500-page document Tuesday that will govern oil and gas leasing and development on the White River National Forest for the next two decades. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.
Click here to view the White River National Forest Oil and Gas Leasing Draft EIS and decision.
A new study from the University of Colorado is breaking ground in identifying chemicals in fracking fluid. Dr. Michael Thurman says results could benefit the public and industry.
Last month, scientists from the University of Colorado published results of a study of surfactants, which are used as lubricants during hydraulic fracturing. In the first of two parts, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks with co-author Dr. Michael Thurman about how he and his colleagues were able to "fingerprint" 200 compounds and why this study is the first of its kind.
When it comes to Hydraulic Fracturing, the web of federal and state environmental regulations have things pretty well covered. That was the message of one former Department of Interior official to the Garfield County Energy Advisory board. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.
In May, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it might seek more transparency when it comes to disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. The announcement comes three years after environmental law group Earthjustice petitioned the agency on behalf of over 100 conservation groups. At first, Earthjustice thought this was good news but, part of the government's response came as a surprise: If EPA comes up with a new rule, it will only apply to oil and natural gas activities on private land. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more about why this could be a problem.
Ballot initiatives calling for county and municipal authority over oil and gas development are popping up in Colorado like spring flowers. Disputes and lawsuits over Front Range fracking bans have triggered the push for more local control. Despite new state oil and gas regulations, local officials from both sides of the Continental Divide want more say in how energy extraction plays out in their communities. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
Energy companies reported some 90 spills of hydrocarbons and oil and gas byproducts in Garfield County last year. Many of those spills took place on private property, where residents leased their land to drilling companies. But a KDNK news investigation reveals some of those residents were unaware that spills had taken place on their property—and that state regulators aren't checking to make sure landowners are properly informed of spills. KDNK's Ed Williams reports.
A coalition of groups recently submitted a ballot initiative for state review that would amend the state constitution and give more control over oil and gas extraction to municipal and county governments. Proponents say state regulations aren't strict enough and that local governments should have more of a say in how and where energy extraction takes place.
While Roaring Fork Valley officials agree with the importance of local input on energy exploration, they say the proposed ballot language is too vague. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke to Roaring Fork Valley officials to get their responses to the initiative.