Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)

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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5:00am

Tue August 12, 2014
Ask About Energy

Northern Colorado Oil And Gas Drilling Explained In 2½ Minutes

In the foreground several seperators commonly found at a producing well site. In the background, a drill rig and sound barrier loom at a well site that is in the drilling process.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

Energy development is burgeoning along the Front Range. As more and more Coloradans come into contact with the oil and gas industry there has been some conflict, as well as lots of questions.

For example, just what is the basic drilling process?

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3:10pm

Mon August 4, 2014
Politics

Reaction To Hickenlooper Oil And Gas Compromise Mixed

A drilling rig works north of Highway 392 east of Windsor.
Grace Hood KUNC

At a hastily organized news conference, Gov. John Hickenlooper called on all groups promoting oil and gas ballot issues to drop their proposals. To solve Colorado’s growing conflicts between development and land use, Hickenlooper proposed an 18-person blue ribbon commission composed of residents, local officials, oil and gas industry representatives as well as “respected Coloradans.”

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5:00am

Mon August 4, 2014
Energy

Colorado’s Local Control Of Oil And Gas Is A Question Of Degrees

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

When the city of Longmont's fracking ban was struck down by a Boulder judge, it could have been seen as a setback for those seeking to assert local control over surging oil and gas development along Colorado's populous Front Range.

A longer view of the matter, though, shows that local communities all across the state have exerted control over oil and gas within their boundaries for decades.

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3:06am

Mon August 4, 2014
It's All Politics

As Ballot Deadline Looms, A Muddied Debate Over Colo. Fracking

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 9:13 am

Just off Interstate Highway 25, Drill Rig 1548 of Encana Natural Gas stands near homes in the town of Frederick in Weld County, Colorado.
milehightraveler iStockPhoto

"Hello. Are you registered to vote in Colorado?"

It's a refrain many in the state have grown to loathe this summer — heard outside their favorite grocery store or shopping mall as signature gatherers race toward an Aug. 4 deadline to put four energy-related measures on the November ballot.

With two of those measures backed by environmentalists, and the other two by industry-supported groups, all of the energy talk is leading to confusion among potential voters.

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