Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)

6:03am

Fri July 25, 2014
Energy & Water

Oil And Gas Companies Look To Deep Aquifers For Water

Hydraulic fracturing trucks at a well site in Northern Colorado. The process involves pumping water, along with a mix of sand and proprietary chemicals, into a drilled well to aid in the extraction of the resources.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

Applications to the state to use deep aquifer water for hydraulic fracturing are surging in Colorado. Before 2011 there were no applications for oil and gas use.

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1:52pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Energy

Colorado Court Invalidates Longmont Fracking Ban

A maze of pipes used for hydraulically fracturing wells, on a well pad near the city of Longmont.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

A Boulder district court judge has ruled that the city of Longmont's ban on hydraulic fracturing is invalid.

The city had been sued by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and the state of Colorado's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission after it passed a measure banning the practice within city limits in November 2012

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5:00am

Tue July 15, 2014
Oil and Gas

Confusion Among Voters As Energy Ballot Initiative Deadline Looms

Jessica Cerise collects signatures for Coloradans for Safe and Clean Energy on the 16th Street Mall in Denver.
Grace Hood KUNC

Summer isn’t the only thing heating up Denver’s 16th Street Mall this July. Pedestrians and workers are seeing more activity as advocates gather signatures for energy-related ballot issues.

A few of these proposals restrict oil and gas drilling, while others support it. With their contradictory messages  – including sometimes inaccurate talking points from both sides – some Colorado voters say they are getting confused.

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3:31pm

Wed July 2, 2014
Around the Nation

Florida County Goes To Court Over 'Acid Fracking' Near Everglades

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:20 pm

In southwest Florida, county officials are fighting the state over a new oil drilling process that's known by many different names: acidification, acidizing, acid stimulation and acid fracking.

Collier County has charged that state regulators have been lax in their oversight of the drilling, jeopardizing public health and the environment.

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5:00am

Tue July 1, 2014
An Energy Travelogue

When Energy Companies Are Bad Neighbors

Theresa Brothers' noise meter hits 81 decibels as she holds it up outside of her rural Ohio home. She and her husband Frank, left, owned this property for 30 years before a noisy compressor station moved in across the street.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

The constant, loud thrum of engines at an oil and gas compressor station permeates the air as I stand on the grassy lawn of Frank and Theresa Brothers, in Carroll County, Ohio.

The setting is rural; fields, forests, an Amish man in a surrey trotting by -- but the noise is industrial.

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