Natural Gas

Oil Springs Fire Too Close to Nat Gas Plant for Comfort

Jul 15, 2021
Lucas Turner, Rio Blanco Herald

The Oil Springs Fire, south of Rangely, burned more than 12,000 acres, beginning in June, and is now 99% contained. Drought conditions and heavy winds fueled extreme fire behavior for over 2 weeks that threatened a natural gas processing facility. Lucas Turner, of the Rio Blanco Herald in Meeker, has this report.

COGCC

About twice a week, oil and gas operators in Colorado’s Piceance Basin file “Form 19” also called a Spill/Release Report with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). Nine times out of 10, the spilled substance is a form of hazardous waste byproduct called produced water. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more on this waste water and its impact in the Piceance Basin in 2019.

There’s been too much oil on the market since well before the coronavirus outbreak. But a recent agreement to cut production won’t be enough to prevent states in the Mountain West from taking a big hit.

 


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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted 2-1 Thursday to approve the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project in Oregon, but it still has some barriers in its way. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

Aspen Fire Department

Fire officials in Aspen believe an explosion and subsequent fire Sunday morning was caused by a natural gas meter damaged by falling ice and snow. KDNK's Lucas Turner has more.

Colorado’s oil and gas regulators say they will start putting some drilling applications through a more rigorous review process after a study found people face short term health risks, such as headaches and dizziness, if they are within 2,000 feet of the wells.

The study released Thursday specifically found the health risks occur when a well is being constructed, with the highest risk coming at a time when a process called “flowback” occurs.

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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.

AH Marsh photo

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.

Jane Pargiter, Ecoflight


The KDNK News Team got a bird’s-eye perspective of the Garfield County natural gas fields last month with Ecoflight, a local wildlands advocacy group. Amy Hadden Marsh has this story about a new plan for more natural gas drilling in western Garfield County and what that could mean for wildlife habitat in an area that’s riddled with gas wells. The BLM was invited to join KDNK on the flight but agency policy restricts employees to BLM-chartered flights during work hours. Initial public comment on the Balzac Gulch Phase II Master Development Plan closes February 8th.