A look at the ups and downs of our booming oil and natural gas industry here in Western Colorado.
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Months after discovering a toxic pipeline leak at a natural gas plant on Parachute Creek, industry workers are continuing efforts to clear the creek water of chemicals. But as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, area scientists are raising questions about the dangers the cleanup methods pose to the health of on-site workers.
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On Monday, a group of local governments and conservation organizations filed appeals against the Bureau of Land Management's recent decision to allow oil and gas companies to hold on to expiring leases in the Thompson Divide. KDNK's Ed Williams has more.
Colorado Senator Michael Bennet stopped in Carbondale late last week for a Thompson Divide Coalition event, to shake some hands and to have a burger. KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Bennet to get an update on a bill he recently introduced that would prevent future drilling in the Thompson Divide.
At a meeting with state environmental regulators Monday night in Parachute, well over 100 people gathered to hear the latest on the Parachute Creek hydrocarbon spill. The spill was first reported to regulators in early March, and at Monday's meeting officials updated the crowd on how much contamination has been found in groundwater and in the creek. They also gave their first indication of just how long it could take to finish cleaning up the spill. KDNK's Nelson Harvey reports.(More coverage of the Parachute Creek spill is available in our news archives.)
The Bureau of Land Management announced Tuesday that several gas leases in the Thompson Divide will be suspended. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.
Nearly a month after a hydrocarbon plume was discovered near a gas plant owned by the company Williams Midstream about four miles north of the town of Parachute, it's source has not been identified. The plume continues leaking toxic compounds like the carcinogen benzene into groundwater near Parachute Creek.
At a public forum Thursday night Williams officials revealed that there was another leak a few months ago at the same spot thought to be the source of the current plume. That leak was apparently not reported to state officials.
KDNK's Nelson Harvey reports on that news, and the public's response.
Garfield County commissioners voted Monday to contribute $5,000 of the county's discretionary fund to an energy symposium in Grand Junction. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.