Environment

10:40am

Mon July 14, 2014
Energy

North Dakota Pipeline Spills Over 1 Million Gallons Of Salty Wastewater Near Lake

Dead grass shows where saltwater has leaked out from an underground pipeline spill outside Mandaree, North Dakota.
Karolin Rockvoy

A leaky pipeline has spilled about 1 million gallons of saltwater near a North Dakota reservoir that supplies drinking water to the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The pipeline, owned by the Texas-based Crestwood Midstream Partners, runs along the shore of Bear Den Bay on Lake Sakakwea, a reservoir on the Missouri River.

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5:00am

Mon July 14, 2014
Environment

The Plants In This Garden Tell You When The Air Is Dirty

A tulip poplar leaf with ozone damage.
Danica Lombardozzi National Center for Atmospheric Research

What if you could look at the plants in your garden in order to learn if the air around you is clean or dirty?

At the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, scientists have planted a garden that does just that.

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12:40pm

Fri July 11, 2014
Energy

Colorado BLM Improves Its Record On High Risk Well Inspections

A well being drilled in Western Colorado in 2009. Two hundred high priority wells on federal land in Garfield County went uninspected between 2009 and 2012.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

About a month ago, the Associated Press broke the news that four in 10 new "high-risk" oil and gas wells on public lands went uninspected from 2009 to 2012.

In Colorado at least, the agency in charge of such inspections says it has been able to improve that record in 2013, following a critical report by the Government Accountability Office [pdf].

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3:54pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Wildfires

Wet Weather Dampens Colorado Fire Season, For Now

The Reservoir Road Fire outside Loveland, Colorado in 2012.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

3:27pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Water

It’s Official: Colorado Oil Shale Development Would Use Tons Of Water

Aerial view of the new town of Battlement Mesa under construction during the oil shale boom in Garfield County. August 27, 1981.
Elderkin, R.L. Jr. U.S. Geological Survey

Energy development takes water, and in Colorado, water is a precious resource. That is why debate has raged for years over just how much water one type of energy development – oil shale – would use.

Now, environmentalists say they have forced one company, Chevron, to admit that developing oil shale in Western Colorado would use a whole lot of water.

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