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Eagle County ‘moving away’ from taking oil and gas drilling waste

Eagle County’s solid waste and recycling director this week clarified through a spokeswoman that he is not currently considering accepting pit liners from any oil and gas companies in Colorado and that such a decision would have to be made by the Eagle County commissioners. In response to a Colorado Independent story last week, Eagle County solid waste and recycling director Ken Whitehead also pointed out his department has recommended no longer accepting any type of so-called E&P (exploration and production) waste from oil and gas companies.

Battlement Mesa seeks to use county power to fight Antero drilling...

Garfield County Commissioner Trési Houpt Tuesday told the Colorado Independent she doesn’t have enough information to fully evaluate a proposal by Battlement Mesa residents to use county 1041 powers to regulate oil and gas drilling, but added she certainly understands their desire to pursue any avenue open to them.

GarCo board plays drilling-rules roulette; Houpt weighs run for Curry seat

Colorado oil and gas industry officials continue to fall back on new state drilling regulations to fend off more county or federal scrutiny, even...

Huge plumes of heat-trapping methane wasted in gas drilling, infrared reveals

Natural gas wells and storage tanks throughout Colorado may look fairly benign to the casual observer, but infrared cameras show them gushing heat-trapping methane...

GarCo commissioners get special screening of gas-drilling film ‘Split Estate’

The Garfield County commissioners Monday will get a personal screening of the award-winning new documentary “Split Estate,” detailing environmental problems stemming from the most...

Montrose County faces divisive uranium mill permit decision

MONTROSE — Actress and environmental activist Daryl Hannah says all the heated rhetoric over who should have the most say about the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill — western Montrose County mining families or affluent residents of Telluride and surrounding San Miguel County — is a moot point to Mother Earth. “These boundaries and these borders are manmade, but the air and the water and the soil and the wildlife don’t really recognize those boundaries,” she said in an interview with The Colorado Independent. Montrose County commissioners on Wednesday will consider a plan to revive the area's long-dormant uranium industry.

Western Slope Round Up: Archuleta Officials in Publisher’s Bulls-Eye

Running a new newspaper, The Pagosa Free Press, is not the only item on publisher Rick Baker's agenda these days. Baker is also heading...

Oil and Gas Update: Tit for Tat

Below are excerpts from Western Slope newspapers about recent oil and gas activities and the political wrangling that sometimes surrounds this industry. Supreme Court:...

Women Making Strides in County Commissions

Problems don't follow county lines, so when four commissioners from four Northwest Colorado counties sat down to discuss issues, there were common themes: transportation,...