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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has begun the rulemaking process for two recommendations that came out of last year's state task force meetings. Number 17 calls for collaboration on urban planning and the location of oil and gas development. Number 20 includes future oil and gas drilling in local comprehensive plans. Local citizen groups Western Colorado Congress and Grand Valley Citizens Alliance have their first-ever meeting with the COGCC Wednesday, July 29 in Rifle. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh speaks with Leslie Robinson, GVCA director, about what the group expects from the meeting.
During the first day of last week's Oil and Gas Task Force meeting in Rifle, nearly 400 people from all over Colorado attended panel discussions and a public comment period, with ideas ranging from more regulations to no regulations to national security and public health. KDNK was there and brings you some of those voices.
Late last year, Dr. Susan Nagel, endocrinologist and associate professor at the University of Missouri's School of Medicine, published a study on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on human sex hormones. Now, she's embarking on more extended research because, she says, there are not enough vigorous, scientific studies of the fracking process.
KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Dr. Nagel about her work and the funding she needs to get going on the second study.
In April, the Bureau of Land Management's Colorado office announced new policy for oil and gas lease nominations proposed for public lands that could have other values. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
A series of Bureau of Land Management meetings kicked off Tuesday, with the agency getting public comments on an Environmental Impact Statement--or EIS--analyzing existing oil and gas leases in the White River National Forest. And that includes controversial leases in the Thompson Divide area near Carbondale. The BLM is engaging the public on this scoping process to help identify the issues the local communities want to see addressed in the EIS.
KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to the BLM's David Boyd about the meetings, and how the agency is responding to local requests to void oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide.
Water's necessity in energy development is a hot-button topic, and this month's Energy Advisory Board meeting addressed the issue... the results were predictably volatile. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason was there, and brings this report.
Garfield County Commissioners recently closed the door on a nine-year study of the potential impacts of natural gas drilling on groundwater in areas south of Silt. Wyoming-based hydrologist Dr. Geoffrey Thyne, who weighed in on the results of Phase III of the study, had previously voiced concerns about a possible link between natural gas exploration and groundwater contamination. Now, he says there is none. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
The Thompson Divide Coalition released a geologic and economic analysis Wdnesday calling the Thompson Divide region "extremely unattractive to drill and operate wells". KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.
Late last year, the Department of the Interior made permanent a two percent administrative fee, charged to states that receive Federal oil and gas royalties. In Colorado, that could mean up to a three million dollar loss in annual funds.
Congressman Scott Tipton introduced a bill to counter that fee last May and hopes to see it through to a Presidential signature this year. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh recently spoke with the congressman about the Federal OIl and Gas Leasing program and his take on energy production in the West.
The Government Accountability Office released a report in late last year, criticizing the way the Department of Interior has been handling its oil and gas leasing program both on and off-shore.
The report is a follow-up to earlier GAO investigations,which found that the US government has one of the lowest rates of return on oil and gas leases, and that DOI has not evaluated the oil and gas revenue system for more than 25 years.
DOI has taken steps to improve the program. But, it's still on a list of programs that are at high risk of fraud, abuse, waste, or mismanagement.
KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Frank Rusco, GAO's director of natural resources and environment, about the list and why DOI is on it.