Letter to the Editor: Area power plants endangered

Dear Editor: Are you ready to live in a ghost town? It’s going to happen if the government and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) get their way.

Severance tax dollars an issue

Johnnie Barton, left, a field technician at the Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Center in Meeker, shows a piece of equipment at the center to U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, center, while Callie Hendrickson, executive director of the White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts, looks on.

RBC I Rio Blanco County Commissioner Jeff Eskelson raised the issue of unequal distribution of state severance tax funds with U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on Friday, during Tipton’s visit to the Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Center. Tipton also visited with the commissioners regarding regional policy issues.

Setback exceptions are the rule

RBC I After weeks of testimony and discussion, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) gave preliminary approval on Jan. 9 to a broad set of new rules on oil and gas drilling that will do little to ease the concerns of hundreds of thousands of families living near drilling operations. In preparation for […]



Brad McCloud of Environmentally Conscious Consumers for Oil Shale (ECCOS) spoke at January’s Community Networking meeting in Rangely. McCloud discussed the world economy’s dependence on oil and the viability of oil shale as a resource in coming decades.

RBC commissioners attend oil, gas banquet

RBC I Rio Blanco County commissioners Shawn Bolton, Ken Parsons and Kai Turner attended the seventh annual Energy Forum and Expo and West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s (WSCOGA) annual banquet last Friday at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction.

Proposed water facility in Piceance

meeker I The Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on a proposal from BOPCO, L.P., to construct a facility 20 miles west of Meeker, Colo., to treat produced water from oil and gas development on the Piceance Basin and discharge it into Yellow Creek.

Lunch-n-learn Feb. 16

RBC I Rio Blanco County administrator Kimberly Bullen said the county has teamed up with WPXEnergy to host the first Lunch-n-Learn on Feb. 16, in the commissioners’ meeting room, starting at noon.