Oil and Gas

Residents push for stricter air quality standards

State health officials headed out to Rifle on Tuesday to meet with a room full of Western Slope residents, community activists and members of the oil and gas industry to discuss adopting stricter air quality standards across the state. The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission is looking into whether the recently adopted Front Range requirements that have oil and gas companies test equipment and facilities more frequently for leaks should apply statewide. "All residents should get the protections they deserve," Battlement Mesa resident Betsy Leonard said during the comment portion, which other than the 10-minute introduction lasted the entire two-hour meeting. [...]

Residents push for stricter air quality standards 2018-05-19T16:04:34+00:00

State Air Quality Regulators in Rifle Today

The state Air Pollution Control Division is in Rifle today to talk to stakeholders and hear public comment about emissions from oil and gas extraction. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Peter Hart, staff attorney for Wilderness Workshop, to find out more. The meeting starts at noon at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Annex in Rifle with public comments beginning at 3:30. Read Full Article

State Air Quality Regulators in Rifle Today 2018-05-19T16:04:42+00:00

BLM Methane Rule Law of the Land…For Now

A US District Court judge last week smacked down the Trump Administration’s attempted roll-back of the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Waste Rule. The injunction was based on a lawsuit filed by several groups, including Carbondale’s Wilderness Workshop. Staff attorney Peter Hart told KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh that they won the battle but not the war. Read Full Article  

BLM Methane Rule Law of the Land…For Now 2018-05-07T18:20:27+00:00

BLM Plans More Gas Drilling in Garfield County

The KDNK News Team got a bird’s-eye perspective of the Garfield County natural gas fields last month with Ecoflight, a local wildlands advocacy group. Amy Hadden Marsh has this story about a new plan for more natural gas drilling in western Garfield County and what that could mean for wildlife habitat in an area that’s riddled with gas wells. The BLM was invited to join KDNK on the flight but agency policy restricts employees to BLM-chartered flights during work hours. Initial public comment on the Balzac Gulch Phase II Master Development Plan closes February 8th. Read Full Article [...]

BLM Plans More Gas Drilling in Garfield County 2018-05-09T21:45:27+00:00

Wilderness Workshop, other environmental groups sue BLM over methane

Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop joined 15 other environmental watchdog groups to file a lawsuit against the federal government. The organizations want to see compliance with a rule to prevent the waste of methane. Read Full Article >>

Wilderness Workshop, other environmental groups sue BLM over methane 2018-04-15T21:24:11+00:00

Carbondale’s Wilderness Workshop joins lawsuit over BLM methane rule suspension

A consortium of environmental advocacy groups, including Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop, have filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration over its decision to postpone compliance with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's waste methane rule. "This administration's effort to abandon a common-sense, waste preventing rule is bad for taxpayers, bad for people who live near BLM-authorized oil and gas development, and it will only intensify the climate crisis," Peter Hart, staff attorney for the Wilderness Workshop, said in a press release issued Tuesday. "We will continue working with our partners to ensure that the rule is not abandoned, and that the protections [...]

Carbondale’s Wilderness Workshop joins lawsuit over BLM methane rule suspension 2018-04-18T17:13:10+00:00

The Reporter Two-Way: Oil and gas lease sales

Several environmental watchdog groups, including Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop, are formally protesting the sale of oil and gas leases on public lands in northwest Colorado. Read Full Article >>

The Reporter Two-Way: Oil and gas lease sales 2018-04-15T21:30:33+00:00

Jordan Cove representative: ‘Stick with us’

RIFLE — A representative for a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Oregon is hoping to fire up project supporters in Colorado as the project heads for reconsideration by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Michael Hinrichs, spokesman for the Jordan Cove project, said at the quarterly Northwest Colorado Oil and Gas Forum meeting Thursday that the bipartisan support to date for the project in Colorado is "amazing." "That is now having influence in Washington, D.C. It has influence back in Oregon," he said. He said he hopes the project continues seeing that support from Colorado over the next 18 months [...]

Jordan Cove representative: ‘Stick with us’ 2018-04-18T16:05:18+00:00

Wilderness Workshop on New Black Hills Compressor + Phylloxera Hits Vineyards

On today's local newscast, Bente Birkeland airs the people's priorities at the State Capitol, collected from around the Rocky Mountain Community Radio Network. Then Amy Hadden Marsh interviews Peter Hart from Wilderness Workshop about their plan to appeal a new Black Hills Energy compressor station near Carbondale. Plus, earthquakes continue in Garfield County. And Chad Reich from KBUT reports an aphid called called phylloxera has been detected in several Western Slope vineyards. Read Full Article >>

Wilderness Workshop on New Black Hills Compressor + Phylloxera Hits Vineyards 2018-04-18T17:04:47+00:00