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VIDEO: Fracking sand air emissions caught on tape in Garfield County

Citizen activists in the natural gas drilling hotspot of western Garfield County, Colo., apparently caught Halliburton employees on tape working in and around a cloud of hydraulic fracturing sand emanating from tanker trucks near a Williams natural gas well pad in Parachute last week.

Fines for Garden Gulch drilling spills finally to be imposed after...

In early 2008, two separate releases of hundreds of thousands of gallons of chemically laced hydraulic fracturing fluid and other natural gas drilling fluids spilled into Garden Gulch on the Roan Plateau north of Parachute, forming a spectacular frozen icefall of contaminated water. Nearly three and a half years later, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has finally struck a deal with the two companies responsible for the spills and will likely levy fines at a hearing next week.

Judge calls ‘impasse’ in talks over lawsuit challenging Roan Plateau drilling

A U.S. district court judge this week ended a year of negotiations between 10 environmental groups and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)...

Ritter decries GOP politicizing of drilling regs while touting wildlife deals

As Colorado voters turned in last-minute ballots to pick a Republican candidate for governor Tuesday, the current governor stood on the west steps of the state capitol in Denver and tossed a huge wrench in the GOP campaign machine’s attacks on his “New Energy Economy.”

Critics claim Colorado gas drillers playing both sides of ‘fracking’ debate

Some of the biggest natural gas producers in Colorado are part of a coalition of operators in the massive Marcellus Shale play in the eastern United States that is backing “full disclosure” of chemicals used in the controversial drilling process called hydraulic fracturing. But critics say those same companies – specifically EnCana and the Williams Companies – have a different standard when it comes to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in Colorado.

Despite recyling success, Williams opposes new pit-liner rule

One of the new oil and gas rules the industry finds most objectionable compels operators to remove and properly dispose of massive plastic pit...

State backlogged with gas contamination cases dating back years

Despite a record fine of $390,000 levied last month against Oxy USA, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has a backlog of unresolved water and soil contamination cases resulting from natural gas drilling in northwest Colorado, a Colorado Independent investigation reveals.

Western Slope oil and gas industry balks at EPA greenhouse gas...

Oil and gas officials on Colorado’s Western Slope this week were predictably critical of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to expand its controversial...

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...

Battlement citizens, snubbed by planners, question ties to O&G industry

Citizen activists in Battlement Mesa were feeling dejected late last week after the Garfield County Planning Commission gave the nod of approval to two...