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Environmental Assessment Before Four Mile Drilling

October 29, 2012
Texas-based SG Interests recently filed an application to drill a gas lease in the Thompson Divide area. The Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, and the US Forest Service are reviewing the application, and once they deem it complete, the two agencies will initiate an environmental assessment process.

KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to the BLM spokesman David Boyd to find out what that process would entail.
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GarCo Commissioners Rescind Oil Shale Resolution

GarCo Commissioners Rescind Oil Shale Resolution September 5, 2012
A controversial resolution about public lands allocated for oil shale exploration in Garfield County was at the heart of yesterday's Garfield County commissioners meeting. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh was there and has this report.
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Eagle County's Adam Palmer on Economy and Efficiency

August 28, 2012
In Garfield County we have CLEER - Clean Energy Economy for the Region. It's a sort of clearinghouse for efficiency programs and incentives. Some neighboring counties have pooled their efforts and shared millions in grant money from the Department of Energy. Adam Palmer is the Energy Smart program manager in Eagle County. On this episode of NRG with MG, Adam Palmer tells KDNK's Marilyn Gleason how efficiency is improving home economics in the region.
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Sen. Michael Bennet Drafts Thompson Divide Protection Bill

August 9, 2012
U.S. Senator Michael Bennet has written draft legislation to permanently protect the Thompson Divide area from oil and gas extraction. Recently, energy company SG Interests took steps toward drilling on leases in the area and the Thompson Divide Coalition welcomes Bennett's efforts. Energy trade groups, however, have written a letter opposing the measure.

The bill is open for public comment and is available by clicking here.

Drilling Activity Is Way Off Says GarCo EAB

August 7, 2012
Garfield County's Energy Advisory Board met in Rifle late last week. About 30 citizens and politicians turned out for updates on gas drilling and a presentation on hydraulic fracturing. As KDNK's Marilyn Gleason reports, several also attended in order to voice criticism, complaints and concerns before the board.
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Official and Independent Air Monitoring in GarCo

Official and Independent Air Monitoring in GarCo July 5, 2012
Questions over the impact of natural gas development on air quality have been making headlines in recent months. Garfield County has its own air monitoring program, but as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, one former gas worker thinks the systems that are in place don't cut it.
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GarCo's New Way to Spend Oil and Gas Money

May 15, 2012
Garfield County commissioners met with Carbondale town trustees this week in part to talk about a funding program set up by the county to distribute money contributed to the county by the oil and gas industry.

KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke with commissioner Mike Samson after the meeting to find out what kind of projects these funds are meant for and about why they moved to this new system for spending oil and gas money.

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Jeff Dickinson of CLEER on Mandated Mitigation and Community Solar Gardens

May 9, 2012
Here in Carbondale, houses over 5000 square feet are required to mitigate the impact that their energy consumption has on the climate. Many homeowners do that by installing photovoltaic panels on the roof of their house. But Tuesday night, the Carbondale trustees were presented with another option: community solar arrays, or solar gardens.

A representative from the Carbondale clean energy company, the Clean Energy Collective gave a brief presentation to the board on the benefits of community arrays. By their model, a home-owner buys part of the array, which is installed off-site in a field of panels.

For context, the board asked local energy consultant Jeff Dickinson to do some research on rooftop panels versus community arrays. Dickinson is part of the renewable energy team for local energy consultant group CLEER and KDNK's Eric Skalac caught up with him after his presentation to find out about how solar works in Carbondale and about why the prospect of a new option for homeowners is a complicated proposal.
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Commissioners Adopt Oil Shale Resolution

April 9, 2012
Garfield County commisioners adopted a new oil shale resolution this week. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Energy

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Energy March 26, 2012
In January, President Obama outlined his administration's plans for creating jobs and developing domestic energy. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has been out promoting the policy, which includes an "all-of-the-above" energy strategy. KDNK's Eric Skalac and Ed Williams spoke to secretary Vilsack about gas development, and about conflicts between energy and agriculture operations.
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