Energy

Rep. Scott Tipton

For KDNK’s monthly interview with the Congressman Scott Tipton, News Director Raleigh Burleigh turns the conversation towards Tipton’s newly introduced energy bill and revisions to the Antiquities Act.


Three bills in front of Congress would transfer control of energy development on public lands from Feds to states, and allow states to collect royalties. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Wilderness Workshop’s Justin Patrick to find out why he calls the bills ham-fisted and sneaky.

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Results of a 17-year study of oil and gas drilling impacts on mule deer in Wyoming shows that energy development is not as benign for wildlife as some scientists previously thought. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Dr. Ed Arnett, senior scientist at the Loveland, Colorado-based Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, a Federal and state lands policy group, to find out more.

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Ursa Resources wants the state and county natural gas well permitting processes to happen at the same time so it won’t have to wait very long to begin Phase 2 drilling operations inside Battlement Mesa. Last month, Garfield County Commissioners approved the request. But, Leslie Robinson, director of the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, an industry watchdog group, told KDNK that Ursa’s request was misleading and a concurrent permit process is too rushed.

Bob Rankin

Representative of Colorado’s 57th District Bob Rankin was home in Carbondale for a few days this month. He sat down with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh with some good news about the state’s energy office, which was defunded last session.

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Independent reporter Rico Moore has been taking an in-depth look at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s so-called Predator Control Study, which proposes to kill up to 40 mountain lion and bear this month in the Piceance Basin and more next year in the Upper Arkansas Basin. The agency blames predation for a drop in mule deer fawn survival rates, and is trapping and shooting targeted animals. Moore’s series, Off Target, is published in the Boulder Weekly. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to him about Part 5 and why there’s more to the problem than lions and bears.

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On May 10, the US Senate voted against a debate that could have repealed the Bureau of Land Management's Methane Waste Prevention Rule, which updates restrictions on methane venting, flaring, and leaking during oil and gas exploration on public lands. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Joshua Mantell, Deputy Director for Energy and Climate for the Wilderness Society, about the importance of the rule and how it narrowly escaped repeal.


Garfield County Commissioners voted 2-1 Monday to approve a rezoning request by Ursa Resources to allow the company to apply for an injection well inside the Battlement Mesa PUD boundaries. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Sue Drinker and Gayle Embrey are Amy's guests today, talking about their new film Battlement Mesa, which took 3 years to film and presents the struggle to keep natural gas drilling out of the community. You can watch the film for free here.

Democratic state representative Mike Foote's bill to set oil and gas drilling rigs farther away from schools is one step closer to becoming law. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Western Colorado Congress organizer Emily Hornback about the bill, it’s status, and what it could mean for one school in Garfield County.

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Today's local newscast features KOTO's Cara Pallone in a conversation with Jack Regenbogen, attorney for the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, about a bipartisan proposal that would help renters in Colorado. Plus Bente Birkeland reports on a new bill that would move oil and gas drilling operations further away from schools and how voters feel about a proposed sales tax to fund transportation improvements.

KDNK's local news airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 and again at 5:34 PM.

Daniel Ramos

On today's local newscast Gavin Dahl speaks to One Colorado executive director Daniel Ramos about the LGBTQ advocacy group's legislative agenda and their event, We Are One Colorado, at the Red Brick Art Center in Aspen on Friday evening. Plus, Raleigh Burleigh gets an update from local immigration attorney Erin Richards as part of his ongoing series on immigrant rights in the valley. Garfield County Planning & Zoning Commission delayed a public hearing related to a proposed injection well in Battlement Mesa that was scheduled for last night. As Eric Galatas reports, advocates for public schools are promising to fight new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, whose lack of relevant experience caused VP Mike Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate to confirm her. And Bente Birkeland reports that the Colorado legislature has determined its transportation priorities.

On today's local newscast, Bente Birkeland speaks t o statehouse reporters about a few of the 200+ bills already introduced during the 2017 legislature. Amy Hadden Marsh reports on the Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meeting last week looking at earthquakes and injection wells in fracking country. Eric Galatas reports that a new survey shows 85% of LGBTQ students in Colorado middle schools and high schools experience harassment.  And GarCo's Community Development staff recommended the Planning Commission deny Ursa Resources' request to change Battlement Mesa zoning rules.

On today's Local Newscast, H2O Radio in Denver talks to former EPA scientist Dominic DiGiulio for a feature called Drilling Apart Democracy. Carbondale Arts has announced that March 4th Marching Band will close out Mountain Fair and this year's theme is WATER. Bente Birkeland reports on two bills at the Capitol. Eric Galatas looks at opposition to selling public lands from hunting, fishing, conservation and outdoor-industry organizations. And the Valley Settlement Project has announced they are now a standalone nonprofit.

Phylloxera

On today's local newscast, Bente Birkeland airs the people's priorities at the State Capitol, collected from around the Rocky Mountain Community Radio Network. Then Amy Hadden Marsh interviews Peter Hart from Wilderness Workshop about their plan to appeal a new Black Hills Energy compressor station near Carbondale. Plus, earthquakes continue in Garfield County. And Chad Reich from KBUT reports an aphid called called phylloxera has been detected in several Western Slope vineyards. 

Corey Thiel

On today's local newscast, a new bill in Congress seeks to sell off over 3 million acres of BLM land, including 94,000 acres in Colorado. CDPHE recommends not allowing Ursa to build a fracking wastewater injection well in Battlement Mesa. Bente Birkeland talks to reporters about the Colorado impacts of Trump's EPA freeze. Dana Cronin of KRCC Colorado Springs examines fluoride in drinking water for Connecting the Drops, supported by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. Eric Galatas reports that many Colorado kids could be impacted by federal Obamacare repeal. And Bente Birkeland  reports on a bill that debuts in committee at the State Capitol that would repeal the state's healthcare exchange.

Rep. Daneya Esgar

On today's local newscast,  State Representative Daneya Esgar discusses the significance of Colorado’s first millennial and first Latina Speaker of the House and shares her perspective on Black Hills Energy’s criticism of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Then, a 12-year old from Basalt shares her criticism of Trump's agenda and encourages young people to use their voices in pursuit of the changes they'd like to see in the world.

The KDNK local newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 and again at 5:34 PM.

Peggy Tibbetts

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

Micah Parkin

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

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Scientist Sarah Hawkins released a report for US Geological Survey in June that found the Mancos Shale formation of the Piceance Basin could contain 40 times more natural gas than previously estimated. Hawkins, based in Denver, made two presentations yesterday in Rifle, at the Northwest Colorado Oil and Gas Forum in the morning and the Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meeting, last night. Garfield County resident Doug Salg spoke during public comment at the EAB meeting, telling the industry to pack up and leave. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and Gavin Dahl report.

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron is one of three dozen mayors around the country to sign onto an open letter to Donald Trump calling for bold climate policy. KDNK news director spoke to City of Aspen Climate Action Manager Ashley Perl to learn more.

Amy Hadden Marsh

KDNK's local newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41.

On Thursday morning's Nonprofit Spotlight, Amy Hadden Marsh spoke to Brandon Jones and Maisa Metcalf from CLEER, Clean Energy Economy for the Region. Brandon is the newest edition to the energy outreach team and he says, "CLEER supports KDNK because y'all do honest reporting, you play the funkiest music, and the volunteer DJs are amazing. We listen to KDNK all the time."

KDNK News Director Gavin Dahl sat down with the Republican and Democratic party chairs for Garfield County on Tuesday. Gavin asked them, "Are you okay with a fracking site a few thousand feet from your house?" Republican Dave Merritt answered first. "I would have to be," he said. Democrat Bob Shivley followed. "No, not in my backyard." Listen to the entire discussion here.

Grace Lunsford and her husband Corbett are in Carbondale today at the Rec Center from 11AM - 4PM on a nationwide Proof is Possible Tour, traveling in a high performance tiny house on wheels they call #TinyLab. They are a High Performance Power Couple, educating the public on home performance and energy efficiency. KDNK news director Gavin Dahl spoke with Grace Lunsford about why they do what they do. 

Amy Hadden Marsh

Significant sacred sites were destroyed this past weekend on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation by construction workers on the Dakota Access pipeline. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh takes a look at the significance of the sites.


Thousands of people have gathered at the Sacred Stone Camp on the northeastern edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota to stop a pipeline that would carry crude oil underneath the Missouri River, east to Indiana. Over the weekend, a confrontation between protesters and private security guards from the pipeline company turned violent. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

Solar Energy International executive director Kathy Swartz talks with Gavin Dahl about their training program called Solar Ready Colorado.  

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