Thu July 3, 2014
Oil and Gas

Colorado Ahead Of Peers In Charting The Public's Oil And Gas Health Complaints

A drilling operation with a nearby subdivision in the background near Mead, Colo., pictured in August 2012.
Jim Hill KUNC


Thu July 3, 2014
Arts District

For Loveland Artists, Ancestral Ideas Inspire Contemporary Designs

Molten medal is poured into a sandcast mold at Ildanach Studios in Loveland.
Courtesy Ildanach Studios

With three large pots on the stove, you might think a multicourse meal is forthcoming. But artist Sheron Rowland is stewing bugs.

“Anytime you see sort of a waxy foam on a prickly pear cactus that’s Cochineal,” Rowland said. “It looks like mold or mildew but its Cochineal it’s a red insect.”

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Wed July 2, 2014

Weld County Wages Low For State, But Growing Fast

A drill rig in Northern Colorado

Weld County had the largest increase in employment in the country in 2013. But compared to the rest of Front Range, its wages are relatively low.

That difference is quickly changing though, as the impacts of the energy boom continue to trickle through the region's economy.

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Sat June 28, 2014
An Eneregy Travelogue

Liquid Drill Waste, Quakes And Spills: Connecting Both East And West

Journalists canoe Ohio's Cuyahoga River. Its pollution in the 1960s inspired the modern environmental movement.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

The headwaters of the Cuyahoga River run smooth and pudding-brown; warblers dart through flooded underbrush, and the canoe I'm in travels swiftly and silently downstream.

This river, an icon of the modern environmental movement, is perhaps most famous for catching fire multiple times in the 1960s and catalyzing the series of environmental protections the U.S. Congress passed in that era. It's now mostly clean, and serves as a symbol for another environmental problem -- the potential risk the natural gas boom poses to clean water in Ohio and other states experiencing a rush of energy activity.

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Thu June 26, 2014
An Energy Travelogue

In Eastern National Forests, Split Estate Means Less Control

Sign outside the headquarters of the Allegheny National Forest, a public forest that owns very little of its own mineral rights.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

This week, I'm traveling with a group of journalists through parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio -- a region called the Marcellus Shale -- to learn about shale gas and hydraulic fracturing.

Early on in the trip, as driving rain pounded the roof of a conference room at the headquarters of Allegheny National Forest, we started learning about the concept of split estate.

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