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 methane2018-04-15T21:24:11+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 suspension2018-04-18T17:13:10+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 sales2018-04-15T21:30:33+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 Vineyards2018-04-18T17:04:47+00:00

New gas compressor among Wolf Creek facility upgrades

A natural gas utility that serves customers in the region and operates the Wolf Creek gas storage unit on the White River National Forest west of Carbondale said that it has been making significant upgrades to the decades-old facility and that it does not pose a risk for major leaks. Black Hills Energy responded to claims by the Carbondale-based environmental group Wilderness Workshop earlier this week that the storage field contains "old and leaky wells" that could be compromised by adding a more powerful compressor to the nearby Crystal River Compressor Station. To the contrary, according to Mitch Pebley, senior operations [...]

New gas compressor among Wolf Creek facility upgrades2018-04-18T17:32:46+00:00

Groups fight Colorado River Valley lease plan

A coalition of local and national conservation groups filed a legal challenge Monday to a resource management plan for the Colorado River Valley. The groups, including Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop and Western Colorado Congress, the latter of which has been heavily involved in oil and gas proposals in Battlement Mesa, filed a civil complaint in U.S. District Court Monday against top ranking U.S. Interior Department and Bureau of Land Management officials. They argue that BLM failed to acknowledge the impact of its decision regarding resource management on public lands in the Colorado River Valley planning area, which includes 567,000 acres in Eagle, [...]

Groups fight Colorado River Valley lease plan2018-04-18T17:48:50+00:00

Bureau of Land Management unveils final SEIS on Roan Plateau leases

The Bureau of Land Management released its final supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the Roan Plateau on Tuesday that addresses long-running issues concerning the balance between conservation and resource extraction on top of the ecological gem near Rifle. The proposed plan incorporates a preferred alternative that includes terms from a 2014 settlement in which 17 oil and gas leases were canceled, and closes an area on top of the popular wilderness to leasing. Two leases on top and 12 below the rim that were retained under the settlement will remain open to leasing and development, but are “subject to the [...]

Bureau of Land Management unveils final SEIS on Roan Plateau leases2018-04-15T19:06:31+00:00

Roan document addresses Hubbard Mesa conflicts

A settlement agreement reached late last year between conservation groups, energy companies and federal land managers regarding oil and gas leases on the Roan Plateau west of Rifle is memorialized in a new draft Environmental Impact Statement issued by the Bureau of Land Management Tuesday. In addition, the document considers options for managing conflicts between recreational target shooting and other recreational activities below the Roan Plateau rim in the Hubbard Mesa area. "Because Hubbard Mesa is within the Roan Plateau Planning Area, we have a chance to address user conflicts in the area through the SEIS process," Colorado State BLM Director [...]

Roan document addresses Hubbard Mesa conflicts2018-04-18T18:04:29+00:00

Lease swap could threaten North Fork Valley’s wildlife

Tour of area shows breathtaking beauty, and much wildlife activity Residents of the North Fork Valley know they face an uphill battle in their opposition of a proposed oil and gas lease swap, but feel the more people who get out and explore the lands being offered as part of the deal, the better the chances become to protect the area. The lease swap would entail Houston-based energy company SG Interests acquiring some 30,000 acres in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests in exchange for withdrawing leases in the Thompson Divide area in both Pitkin and Garfield counties. The [...]

Lease swap could threaten North Fork Valley’s wildlife2018-04-15T19:31:36+00:00
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