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Local govs respond to Local Control oil and gas initiative

Local govs respond to Local Control oil and gas initiative February 27, 2014
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.
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Local Control Colorado preparing fracking ballot measure for November

February 25, 2014
Voters in November may get to decide whether local governments within Colorado could place their own restrictions on oil and gas extraction, including whether to frack or not to frack. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more about a ballot initiative sponsored by Local Control Colorado.
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Carbondale looking to offset energy usage with new solar arrays

May 22, 2013
Carbondale trustees and staff are working on a plan to increase the town's solar energy, with the help of power purchasing program from Xcel Energy. They're looking at three locations around town to offset energy usage and have chosen Carbondale solar energy company SunSense to help them make it a reality.

KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Katharine Rushton of SunSense to find out about why the town is building more solar, and how they selected the potential locations.
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GarCo has its own plan for Sage Grouse protection

April 5, 2013
Garfield County commissioners are upset about a federal plan to protect the greater sage grouse, and earlier this week, they met with the Bureau of Land Management to share their thoughts.

For this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to reporter Amy Hadden Marsh about Garfield County's own plan to protect the bird.
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COGCC Setback Rules Spur Mixed Reactions

COGCC Setback Rules Spur Mixed Reactions January 17, 2013
Last week the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission held hearings to consider expanding the required distance between gas wells and homes and buildings. As KDNK's Ed Williams reports, the decisions to come out of the meetings left people disappointed on both sides of the issue.
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New Drilling Rules Too Lenient, Say Some

January 10, 2013
This week the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission met to create new rules on groundwater protection and setback distances for fracking operations in the state. KDNK's Ed Williams talked to Conservation Colorado Executive Director Pete Maysmith about the COGCC's new groundwater regulations.
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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.