Colorado Energy

Colorado regulators are now requiring oil and gas operators to monitor fracking emissions earlier and more often, and provide that data to local governments. Both industry officials and regulators supported the move. But concerns persist, like the fact that the rules allow oil and gas operators to choose how to monitor their own emissions. Regardless, environmental groups see Colorado as a leader in emission monitoring in the region and hope other states follow suit.

Ursa Piceance Files Chapter 11

Sep 3, 2020
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Energy Company Ursa Piceance filed for bankruptcy this week. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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It was a win this week for Ursa Resources BMC A Pad in Battlement Mesa. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more. 

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State oil and gas regulators recently gave the nod to Ursa Resources’ A Pad at Battlement Mesa. But for citizen groups, the fight against the pad continues. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

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Paonia activist Pete Kolbenschlag is wending his way through the state’s legal system after energy company SG Interests filed a SLAPP suit against him in February, 2017. He gave an update to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh. SG Interests declined to comment on the case.

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The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission strengthened air quality standards last November for oil and gas operations on the Front Range. The Commission continues to seek public input on whether to apply these standards across the state. Those who plan to make a comment at the meeting must pre-register here. Written comments can be submitted at the state's website here or by visiting Wilderness Workshop here.

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A Federal court in Denver dismissed a legal challenge against the Bureau of Land Management's 2016 Thompson Divide lease cancellations. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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Discussions at a House Natural Resources Field Hearing in Grand Junction this month focused on boosting the market for natural gas from the Piceance Basin with the Jordan Cove Energy Project. Congressmen from Utah and Colorado at the hearing claim Piceance natural gas can be developed responsibly. But, protestors outside the hearing said politicians and the natural gas industry are selling out public health and western Colorado’s iconic natural beauty. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report. You can read more about the Jordan Cove Energy Project controversy by clicking here.

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North Fork Valley activist Peter Kolbenschlag and others held a People’s Press Conference outside a House Natural Resources Field Hearing in Grand Junction Friday, calling on Colorado and Utah Congressmen Scott Tipton and Rob Bishop to protect public health and safety instead of oil and gas industry interests. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this audio postcard.

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A Colorado grassroots coalition started putting together a statewide ballot initiative last month for wider buffer zones between fracking and neighborhoods. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Colorado Rising board member Micah Parkin for details.