Oil and Gas

Raleigh Burleigh

Last Thursday, Western Colorado Independent Voters hosted a candidate forum for Colorado House District 57 candidates Bob Rankin and Colin Wilhelm. The most contention topic of the evening was Proposition 112, the 2500 foot setback initiative. This clip begins with Representative Rankin, the Republican incumbent. Audio of the full hour is available here.

North Fork Valley Hosts Rise For Climate Action

Sep 10, 2018
Raleigh Burleigh

On Saturday, September 8, a crowd gathered in Paonia Town Park in coordination with Rise For Climate actions across the globe. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has this report.

Commenting on the Bureau of Land Management’s environmental assessment for the remaining North Fork parcels ends Tuesday, September  11. Rally for the Valley is on Sunday, September 16, at Delicious Orchards in Hotchkiss from 4 to 7pm. Carpooling is encouraged.

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The Bureau of Land Management has removed more than 5,000 acres in the North Fork Valley from the December oil and gas lease sale. For this week’s news brief, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh speaks with Dennis Webb, reporter for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management released on Monday an Environmental Assessment for the December oil and gas lease sale that includes nearly 8,000 acres in the North Fork Valley. Despite the Town of Paonia’s push to submit a comment within the shortened scoping period, that comment was omitted from the assessment. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson, associate program director for Citizens for a Healthy Community, and BLM Public Affairs Specialist Jayson Barangan.

For reference, here are links to the BLM’s environmental assessment, The Town of Paonia’s omitted comment, and the online portal for public comment on the environmental assessment.

As Colorado’s population has grown, so has the oil and gas industry. Its presence is an unavoidable part of the landscape. That’s why volunteer Patricia Nelson said she has spent part of her summer collecting signatures for Initiative 97.

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Radio advertisements in Colorado Springs are encouraging voters to avoid signing ballot measure petitions. For this week’s news brief, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh speaks with freelance data journalist Sandra Fish about her recent article for the Colorado Independent. Sandra's website is collecting political messages received by voters, compiling information about those messages and creating a database.

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Republican candidate for Colorado attorney general George Brauchler currently serves as the district attorney for Colorado's 18th Judicial District. KDNK asked him about his views on water and proposed ballot initiative 97. The full interview is posted here.

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The Bureau of Land Management’s December oil and gas lease sale includes nearly a quarter of a million acres in Colorado with nearly 8,000 in the North Fork Valley’s watershed and around Paonia Reservoir. Meanwhile, an internal memo has reduced opportunities for public participation in the process. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson, associate program director for Citizens for a Healthy Community, to learn more.

Phil Weiser

Colorado attorney general democratic candidate Phil Weiser describes the role of attorney general as the lawyer for the people of Colorado. While visiting the Roaring Fork Valley, Phil stopped by KDNK for an interview. These are his comments on water. The full interview is posted here.

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The libel case filed by energy company SG Interests against North Fork activist Pete Kolbenschlag has been dismissed by a judge ruling that the comment made by Pete was “substantially true.” Pete maintains that this was a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, otherwise known as a “SLAPP suit.” KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with him to learn more…

Congressman Scott Tipton

Congressman Scott Tipton spoke with KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh about contents of the House Natural Resources Field Hearing in Grand Junction on Friday, June 1. The Congressman also spoke to The Resilient Federal Forests Act of which he is a sponsor.

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Diane Mitch Busch, Karl Hanlon and Arn Menconi, the Democratic candidates on the primary ballot to run against Congressman Scott Tipton for the 3rd Congressional District, met in Glenwood Springs on Monday, May 7, for a friendly debate. To listen to the full debate, follow this link.

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The state Air Pollution Control Division is in Rifle today to talk to stakeholders and hear public comment about emissions from oil and gas extraction. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Peter Hart, staff attorney for Wilderness Workshop, to find out more. The meeting starts at noon at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Annex in Rifle with public comments beginning at 3:30.

Physicians for Social Responsibility

 

In February, Colorado Physicians for Social Responsibility penned a letter to Governor John Hickenlooper, questioning the state Department of Health’s 2017 study on the potential health impacts of natural gas drilling. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Dr. Larry Moore, one of the letter’s authors. Here, they talk about the study and PSR’s recommendations.

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission or COGCC rejected a big part of Ursa Resources’ application for the “A” Pad, with 24 natural gas wells and an injection well less than 500 feet from homes in Battlement Mesa.  KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Michaela Mujica-Steiner

 

CRMS graduate Michaela Mujica-Steiner is attending the 23rd UN Climate Conference, in Bonn Germany, with a youth delegation unofficially representing the United States. KDNK will be corresponding with Michaela throughout November with updates direct from COP23.

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On Tuesday, the Garfield County Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of Ursa Resources' Phase II plans to drill for natural gas inside Battlement Mesa. Commissioner Michael Sullivan was the only consistent dissenting vote. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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Waivers signed by residents of a mobile home park in Battlement Mesa and obtained by KDNK News could allow Ursa Resources to drill for natural gas and build an injection well less than 500 feet from homes. The waivers are intended to get around a rule in Colorado that requires oil and gas activity in Urban Mitigation Areas to be more than 500 feet away from homes. Ursa told KDNK no compensation was offered to those who signed waivers, but some residents have already been paid. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

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Senator Michael Bennet hosted a Town Hall in Aspen last Friday August 12. KDNK News Director Raleigh Burleigh has highlights from that meeting. The full hour of questions and Bennet's answers, involving topics such as immigration, opioid addiction, and North Korea, is available here.

 

An active opponent of oil and gas is being sued by the company that had BLM leases canceled in the Thompson Divide. The defendant claims that this is a SLAPP suit, a strategic lawsuit against public participation, intended to silence opponents of oil and gas development in the North Fork Valley. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh interviews Peter Kolbenschlag. More information about this case is available at: NorthForkActive.org.

Economic Impact of Natural Gas Development on Delta County

The North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan proposes to drill 38 wells upstream from Paonia, CO. According to one report, this project would result in an economic loss for Delta County. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Citizens for a Healthy Community Attorney and Associate Program Director Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson.

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Results of a 17-year study of oil and gas drilling impacts on mule deer in Wyoming shows that energy development is not as benign for wildlife as some scientists previously thought. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Dr. Ed Arnett, senior scientist at the Loveland, Colorado-based Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, a Federal and state lands policy group, to find out more.

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Ursa Resources wants the state and county natural gas well permitting processes to happen at the same time so it won’t have to wait very long to begin Phase 2 drilling operations inside Battlement Mesa. Last month, Garfield County Commissioners approved the request. But, Leslie Robinson, director of the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, an industry watchdog group, told KDNK that Ursa’s request was misleading and a concurrent permit process is too rushed.

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Independent reporter Rico Moore has been taking an in-depth look at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s so-called Predator Control Study, which proposes to kill up to 40 mountain lion and bear this month in the Piceance Basin and more next year in the Upper Arkansas Basin. The agency blames predation for a drop in mule deer fawn survival rates, and is trapping and shooting targeted animals. Moore’s series, Off Target, is published in the Boulder Weekly. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to him about Part 5 and why there’s more to the problem than lions and bears.

Mesa County

The Bureau of Land Management is requesting public comment on a proposal to offer 27 parcels of federal minerals in northwestern Colorado in the December 2017 competitive oil and gas lease sale. The proposal includes about 5,000 acres in western Garfield County and more than 22,000 acres in Mesa County. The State of Colorado would receive 49 percent of the proceeds with the remainder going to the U.S. government.