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U.S. Senator Michael Bennet has written draft legislation to permanently protect the Thompson Divide area from oil and gas extraction. Recently, energy company SG Interests took steps toward drilling on leases in the area and the Thompson Divide Coalition welcomes Bennett's efforts. Energy trade groups, however, have written a letter opposing the measure.
The bill is open for public comment and is available by clicking here.
Garfield County's Energy Advisory Board met in Rifle late last week. About 30 citizens and politicians turned out for updates on gas drilling and a presentation on hydraulic fracturing. As KDNK's Marilyn Gleason reports, several also attended in order to voice criticism, complaints and concerns before the board.
Questions over the impact of natural gas development on air quality have been making headlines in recent months. Garfield County has its own air monitoring program, but as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, one former gas worker thinks the systems that are in place don't cut it.
Garfield County commissioners met with Carbondale town trustees this week in part to talk about a funding program set up by the county to distribute money contributed to the county by the oil and gas industry.
KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke with commissioner Mike Samson after the meeting to find out what kind of projects these funds are meant for and about why they moved to this new system for spending oil and gas money.
Here in Carbondale, houses over 5000 square feet are required to mitigate the impact that their energy consumption has on the climate. Many homeowners do that by installing photovoltaic panels on the roof of their house. But Tuesday night, the Carbondale trustees were presented with another option: community solar arrays, or solar gardens.
A representative from the Carbondale clean energy company, the Clean Energy Collective gave a brief presentation to the board on the benefits of community arrays. By their model, a home-owner buys part of the array, which is installed off-site in a field of panels.
For context, the board asked local energy consultant Jeff Dickinson to do some research on rooftop panels versus community arrays. Dickinson is part of the renewable energy team for local energy consultant group CLEER and KDNK's Eric Skalac caught up with him after his presentation to find out about how solar works in Carbondale and about why the prospect of a new option for homeowners is a complicated proposal.
Garfield County commisioners adopted a new oil shale resolution this week. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.
In January, President Obama outlined his administration's plans for creating jobs and developing domestic energy. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has been out promoting the policy, which includes an "all-of-the-above" energy strategy. KDNK's Eric Skalac and Ed Williams spoke to secretary Vilsack about gas development, and about conflicts between energy and agriculture operations.
A meeting in Silt Monday night to consider which western lands might be exploited for oil shale and tar sands was well attended. That's in line with previous steps in the process of drafting an Environmental Impact Statement to clear the way for commercial leasing. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason brings us this report from Silt.
Glenwood Springs has so far escaped the impacts of natural gas extraction that have changed the face of communities across the West. In fact, the city was recently named Most Fun Town in America and one of the top seven ski towns in the country by Rand McNally. But, the Thompson Divide Coalition says the prospect of natural gas exploration in the mountains south of town could spoil all the fun. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.