Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch in North Dakota is often called the Walden Pond of the West. But Roosevelt's ranch is now feeling the pressure of an oil boom that is industrializing the local landscape. Critics say a proposed gravel pit and a bridge could destroy the very thing that made such a lasting impression on Roosevelt: the restorative power of wilderness.
Oil and gas regulators in Colorado are considering whether to increase the setbacks buffering drilling rigs from schools and homes. A loose group of stakeholders has been meeting over the past few months to hammer out the issue. A recommendation is scheduled this fall.
City officials in Longmont are set to reconsider a retooled package of local regulations that could limit oil and gas drilling and the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing from occurring within the town's boundaries.