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Scaled-back BLM oil shale plan reportedly backed by GarCo commissioners

The Garfield County commissioners reportedly back a scaled-back federal plan for oil shale development in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah, as long as it leaves as much acreage as possible open for exploring and perhaps eventually extracting the still unproven form of fuel.

County commissioner meeting prayer touches off strong debate in high country

Republican Garfield County Commissioner Mike Samson recently opened a can of worms by getting his fellow commissioners to agree to starting meetings with a prayer, according to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. Signed off on by fellow GOP commissioners John Martin and Tom Jankovsky, the practice has touched off a debate in the letters to the editor section of the Glenwood Post Independent:

Silt residents urge town boycott to protest Antero gas drilling plan

Residents of a Western Slope neighborhood called Silt Mesa -- targeted for stepped-up natural gas drilling by Denver-based Antero Resources -- are reportedly angered...

New interest in 1041 powers as GarCo study reveals gas drilling...

A grassroots group of citizens battling a major natural gas drilling proposal in their Western Slope community has been given the nod to at...

GOP looks to lock up key energy county in contentious GarCo...

GARFIELD COUNTY - Democrats drew up the blueprint on how to dominate a state in Colorado’s 2008 general election, but Republicans wrote the game plan for snatching a local election using outside oil and gas money – and they’re apparently sticking to it in 2010 Garfield County commissioners race.

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.

Silt resident compares gas-benzene spill to Gulf disaster

A property owner south of Silt says benzene and other cancer-causing compounds continue to seep into West Divide Creek and that state and county officials are engaging in the same sort of regulatory denial that led to the Deepwater Horizon oil and gas spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

McInnis Lincoln Day dinner appearance trains light on GarCo commissioner race

Happy coincidence or strategic tipping of his campaign hand? That’s what Garfield County Democrats must be wondering after the “surprise” appearance of Republican gubernatorial...

GarCo commissioners may fund health study ahead of Battlement Mesa drilling

The Garfield County commissioners Wednesday indicated their willingness to not only have a health impact assessment conducted in the community of Battlement Mesa, where...

GarCo to put heat on state for more answers in Divide...

The Garfield County commissioners continue to take potshots at the state over perceived lapses in oil and gas drilling enforcement for water contamination, deciding...