Environment

1:24am

Thu May 17, 2012
The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers

Fracking's Methane Trail: A Detective Story

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 7:36 am

A natural gas drilling rig's lights shimmer in the evening light near Silt, Colo.
David Gilkey NPR

Gaby Petron didn't set out to challenge industry and government assumptions about how much pollution comes from natural gas drilling.

She was just doing what she always does as an air pollution data sleuth for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"I look for a story in the data," says Petron. "You give me a data set, I will study it back and forth and left and right for weeks, and I will find something to tell about it."

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3:00pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Animals

What Killed Orca Victoria? Some Point To Naval Tests

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 5:34 pm

Orca L112, also known as Victoria, was 3 years old when she washed up on the Washington coast. An investigation into her death has been inconclusive.
Center for Whale Research

Few people know the orcas of Puget Sound as well as Ken Balcomb.

A researcher with the Center for Whale Research on Washington state's San Juan Island, Balcomb has been studying the whales for more than 30 years.

It takes Balcomb only a few seconds of listening to the squeaks and whistles of underwater whale recordings to recognize the different pods of orcas.

In one recording, Balcomb identifies the group known as the L Pod — the family many people in the area are talking about right now.

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12:11pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Environment

Two Colorado Rivers Make 2012 Endangered River List

America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2012
American Rivers

This year’s list of the 10 most endangered rivers in the country includes two Colorado streams. The environmental group American Rivers ranked the Crystal River 8th, and the Green River - which flows through Wyoming, Utah and northwest Colorado - as the 2nd most at risk.

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5:00am

Wed May 16, 2012
Environment

Colorado River Water Deal Reached

State Bridge, CO. Colorado State Highway 131 as it crosses over the Colorado River in Eagle County
Jeffrey Beall Flickr-Creative Commons

Colorado’s largest water utility has signed a truce with western slope water agencies and governments over its future use of the stressed Upper Colorado River.

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11:13am

Tue May 15, 2012
Environment

Fracking Debate Comes to Fort Collins, Loveland

KUNC File Photo

The northern Colorado cities of Fort Collins and Loveland could be the latest along the Front Range to temporarily ban oil and gas drilling and the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing.

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