University of Colorado (CU)

11:59am

Thu July 3, 2014
Environment

Researchers Link Quakes With Oklahoma Wells, Colorado Study Ongoing

Oilfield waste arrives by truck at a wastewater disposal facility near Platteville, Colo., Jan. 2013. No earthquakes are associated with injection at the site in this photograph.
William Ellsworth USGS

Scientists have linked earthquakes in Oklahoma with wastewater injection wells associated with the oil and gas industry, in a new paper published in the journal Science.

Four injection wells with a "high rate" of injection, meaning they accepted a large quantity of barrels of wastewater per month, likely caused 20 percent of earthquakes in that area from 2008-2013, the researchers said.

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2:49pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Environment

Injection Well Halted By COGCC As Greeley Quakes Again

Jenny Nakai, a seismologist and doctoral student and Matthew Weingarten, a hydrogeologist and doctoral candidate from the University of Colorado align, level and bury a seismometer outside of Gill, Colo., June 4, 2014.
Jim Hill KUNC

7:22am

Tue June 17, 2014
Oil and Gas

How Property Law Could Affect The Colorado Frack Ban Debate

File photo. Gov. Hickenlooper has recently been working to drum up support for a compromise bill on local control of oil and gas regulations.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

As Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper weighs whether to call a special legislative session to deal with oil and gas issues, the issue of property rights is on his mind.

The governor has equated some of the recently passed bans and moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing to "…snatching the property of a citizen. Just taking it without due compensation."

While in some cases the courts could interpret fracking bans as taking away private property, getting to the point where a ban is ruled a taking of private property would be time consuming and costly, experts say.

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2:41pm

Wed June 4, 2014
Environment

Following Greeley Quake, Scientists Install Network To Look For More

Following the May 31, 2014 quake near Greeley, scientists from CU-Boulder are placing seismometers like this in Weld County to look for more earth movement.
Jim Hill KUNC

After a rare magnitude 3.4 earthquake northeast of Greeley, scientists hope to learn more about any possible future quakes in the area. They’ve quickly mobilized to set up a network of five instruments that monitor for earthquakes, all around the epicenter of the original one.

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5:00am

Fri May 23, 2014
Space

What's A 'Camelopardalis' And Where Can I See It?

The May Camelopardalid radiant is in the constellation Camelopardalis.
Credit D. Moser using Starry Night Pro / NASA

Look up Colorado, and you may witness the birth of a new meteor shower late Friday night. That’s when the Earth passes through the orbit of a comet named Linear.

The shower’s name is a tongue twister: Camelopardalids. It’s named after the giraffe constellation.

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