Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)


Wed March 6, 2013

COGA Says Legal Action Against Fort Collins Fracking Ban ‘Likely’

A small demonstration took place Tuesday night outside the Fort Collins City Council chambers. Council members voted 5-2 to ban the practice of fracking.
Grace Hood


Wed March 6, 2013

Fort Collins Passes Fracking Ban, Legal Challenge Looms

Fort Collins resident Brandi Williams turned out with dozens Tuesday night to speak in favor of a fracking ban
Grace Hood


Mon March 4, 2013

Lawyers At The Ready As Fort Collins Considers Fracking Ban

More than 60 people lined up to speak at a Feb. 19 city council meeting on fracking. An upcoming meeting this week is expected to draw an equally large crowd.
Grace Hood


Fri March 1, 2013

Natural Gas Dethrones King Coal As Power Companies Look To Future

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 6:01 pm

American Electric Power's natural gas-burning plant in Dresden, Ohio, is one of the energy company's new investments in alternatives to coal-burning plants.
Michael Williamson The Washington Post/Getty Images

The way Americans get their electricity is changing. Coal is in decline. Natural gas is bursting out of the ground in record amounts. And the use of wind and solar energy is growing fast. All this is happening as power companies are trying to choose which kind of energy to bet on for the next several decades.

Until recently, half of these plants burned coal to make electricity. Now, that's down to about one-third. Since 2010, about 150 coal plants either have been retired or it's been announced they will be retired soon.

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Thu February 28, 2013

Texas Study Points To A Longer Natural Gas Boom

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 4:59 pm

A natural gas drilling rig just east of downtown Fort Worth, Texas. A new decade-long study finds the region's Barnett Shale formation has sufficient gas reserves to last another 25 years.
David Kent MCT/Landov/Fort Worth Star Telegram

There are few things in life more joyful than discovering a giant oil or natural gas field in Texas. You're suddenly rich beyond your wildest dreams. When the scope and size of the natural gas reservoir in the Barnett Shale in North Texas first became apparent, there were predictions that the find would last 100 years.

Well, that was over the top. But University of Texas geology professor Scott Tinker, who designed and authored a new study of the Barnett Shale, says there's still a lot of gas down there, even after a decade of drilling.

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