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Oil and gas industry slams Salazar for yanking drilling leases near...

A study by an association representing the oil and gas industry – not surprisingly – found Interior Secretary Ken Salazar engaged in political gamesmanship...

Battlement Mesa residents ask for health study in advance of drilling...

A group of citizen activists in the Western Slope retirement community of Battlement Mesa is hoping a type of health-impact study used successfully in the oil fields of Alaska’s North Slope can help them curtail pollution, traffic and noise from a looming natural gas drilling plan in their Garfield County town of 5,000. They have their work cut out for them. In conversations with the Colorado Independent, citizens say they have little faith that county commissioners elected to protect public health but backed by oil and gas money will put residents' interests before those of the energy companies.

GarCo commissioners vote 2-1 to oppose DeGette’s FRAC Act

A grass-roots citizen’s group troubled by air and water pollution from natural gas drilling in Garfield County expressed “extreme disappointment” Monday when the county commissioners voted 2-1 to oppose more federal oversight of the industry.

New York report blasts gas industry as GarCo weighs FRAC Act...

Even as the Garfield County commissioners today take up debate on a resolution regarding the FRAC (Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals) Act, an...

GarCo commissioners show resolve on drilling spill, but not yet on...

The Garfield County commissioners Monday did decide to fire off a strongly-worded resolution condemning contamination of drinking water by the natural-gas industry. It just...

McInnis praises gas-happy Pa. despite increasing chemical contamination

Former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis, a six-time Republican congressman representing Colorado’s Western Slope, would like to turn the state’s prime mountain playgrounds into something...

Report: GarCo oil and gas dept. tiny despite growing complaints, workload

Despite a growing number of complaints from Garfield County residents about the environmental impacts of natural gas drilling, the county department charged with addressing...

‘Life in the Red Zone’ gas drilling film depicts flaming Fort...

The new documentary “Split Estate” is getting all the publicity on Colorado’s Western Slope lately, but a filmmaker from Milanville, Pa., shot a raw,...

Did COGA’s Kathy Hall call it quits over ‘fracking fluid in...

Kathy Hall, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association Western Slope representative infamously caught on film saying natural-gas drilling chemicals are so benign she’s had...

Texas gas company allowed to resume fracking after three Pa. spills

Hydraulic fracturing – the subject of so much controversy on Colorado’s Western Slope lately – will be allowed to resume in Susquehanna County, Pa.,...
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