Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)

8:34am

Tue September 9, 2014
Energy

New Oil And Gas Commission Has Significant Industry And Government Representation

A drill site in Frederick abuts a residential neighborhood, August 2013. The growth of drilling near Front Range population centers has prompted bans and calls for more local control of drilling.
Jim Hill KUNC

Governor John Hickenlooper announced the 19 members of a task force whose goal is to address some of the recent controversy around energy development in the state.

The task force will examine land use issues and what role local governments have in regulating oil and gas activities within their boundaries. The creation of a task force is part of an agreement struck by the governor in order to avoid a citizen vote on oil and gas related ballot initiatives during the November 2014 election.  The governor and many others were concerned that passage of the ballot initiatives could have extremely negative consequences for the state.

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6:00am

Mon September 8, 2014
Energy

A Year Post-Flood, No Mandated Changes For Oil And Gas Operators

An oil and gas site near the St. Vrain Creek. Metal berms replace earthen ones.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

One of the more striking images during the September flood was of inundated oil and gas pads, washed out earthen berms and overturned storage tanks. In all, over 48,000 gallons of oil and condensate spilled.

While changes have been made in the industry to prepare for another flood, so far, they’re strictly voluntary.

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5:00am

Thu September 4, 2014
Energy

The Crux Of Determining Fracking's Safety

Green MEPs and anti-fracking activitists pose with fracking flavoured water outside the European Parliament.
Greensefa Flickr - Creative Commons

For people who live in close proximity to the current oil and gas boom, are there health risks?

It’s a question people are asking from Colorado to Texas and from Pennsylvania to North Dakota, as more and more communities find themselves in the midst of unprecedented energy development.

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5:00am

Wed September 3, 2014
Oil And Gas

The Threefold Challenge Of Finding Energy's Health Impacts

A fracturing job in progress on North Dakota's Bakken, pictured in August, 2011.
Joshua Doubek Wikimedia Commons

The current oil and gas boom, fueled in part by a technique called hydraulic fracturing, has opened massive shale gas and oil formations in states like Colorado, North Dakota, Texas and Pennsylvania.

Unlike past booms, drilling is now bumping right up against communities. With oil and gas development now at their doorsteps, people are worried about the health impacts.

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6:28am

Thu August 28, 2014
Oil and Gas

3-0: Judge Strikes Lafayette's Voter-Approved Fracking Ban

Fracking pump trucks during a fracturing operation at a well pad site near Longmont, Colo.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

A Boulder district court judge struck down a 2013 voter-approved fracking ban in Lafayette. The move follows similar court rulings against Longmont and Fort Collins, where voters passed bans or moratoriums restricting hydraulic fracturing.

The lawsuit was initiated by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, which argued that a ban on fracking was effectively a ban on oil and gas development.

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