A Look at the West: Anti-frackers undermining Colorado’s environmental progress

RBC I Fear-mongering has been the favored tactic of environmental activists in their zeal to defend local fracking bans.

Residents can report oil, gas health issues

RBC I Colorado has been something of a pioneer in terms of tracking health risks related to oil and gas production. In 2010, it was the “first in the nation to perform a detailed study” known as a “health impact assessment” on proposed natural gas development.

One Man’s Opinion: Bad facts cloud reality about fracking

RBC I The American Southwest is undergoing a spike in seismic activity. A new U.S. Geological Survey shows that a small basin on the New Mexico-Colorado border experienced 20 times more serious earthquakes between 2001 and 2011 than it had during the previous 30 years.

Uintah Basin faces a tricky problem with oil, gas industry

RBC I On a crisp fall day lined with cottonwoods as yellow-bright as balls of flame, I take a gravel shortcut from Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon toward Vernal, an energy boomtown of some 10,000 souls.

Guest Editorial: Recent fracking information was alarming, but it isn’t true

RBC I University of Maryland researchers just concluded that hydraulic fracturing—the process of shaking oil and gas free from below—could endanger the health of nearby residents by exposing them to air and water pollution. This would certainly be cause for alarm, if true.

Guest Editorial: Facts on fracking are ignored; fear is only tool for environmentalists

RBC I Researchers in Colorado just came forward with a shocking claim: hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the decades-old method of using a high-velocity mixture of water, sand and chemicals to blast through rock to release oil and gas deposits, causes birth defects. There’s just one hitch: it isn’t true.

Group challenges BLM policy regarding drilling

TAOS, NEW MEXICO I On Monday a broad-based coalition of 45 local and national organizations called on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to make fully transparent the process where private interests nominate public lands for oil and gas drilling and fracking.

Finding local fracking information

RBC I Question: How can I get information about fracking on or near my property? Answer: Any person interested in learning about hydraulic fracturing operations on or near their property can find information at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (“COGCC”), their local county government and from a website called www.fracfocus.org.

Suit filed to stop in-city fracking

A Loveland citizen has filed with the City Clerk’s Office a protest of petitions seeking a ballot measure setting a two-year moratorium on the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to recover oil and gas within the city limits of Loveland.

Commission adopts rules

RBC I Coloradans, conservationists, impacted landowners and legislative leaders criticized new setback rules passed by Governor Hickenlooper’s Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). While the new rules marginally increased setback distances, a number of loopholes and exemptions were included which effectively allow heavy industrial oil and gas development even closer to Colorado homes, schools, […]

Rules to limit drilling impacts final

RBC I The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission gave final approval to the strongest rules in the country for limiting the impact of drilling near residences and other occupied buildings. Today’s final approval by a vote of 8 to 1 follows the commission’s preliminary vote to approve on Jan. 9. The new rules will […]

Oil, gas commission offers info on “fracking”

RBC I The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has added an important new link to its website to provide the public with a wealth of information related to hydraulic fracturing in Colorado.