Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 9:16 am
Itâ€™s that time of year when ski resorts crank up snowmaking machines to bolster Mother Natureâ€™s delivery. Some resorts depend on man-made snow more than others and itâ€™s possible Â the practice may be used more in the future. For Connecting the Drops, Aspen Public Radioâ€™s Marci Krivonen reports.
This map shows which areas would be off-limits to oil and gas leasing under a newly-released plan from the White River National Forest. The areas shaded dark green would closed to future oil and gas development.
Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 8:03 pm
The White River National Forest released a â€śconservation-mindedâ€ť plan Tuesday for future oil and gas drilling. Conservation groups are cheering the plan, saying it proposes closing nearly all of the Thompson Divide to future leasing. Aspen Public Radioâ€™s Marci KrivonenÂ reports.
Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 4:53 pm
Governor John Hickenlooper unveiled a draft of the state's first ever water plan Wednesday. The goal of the plan - a decade in the making - is to create a comprehensive water strategy to protect rural farm economies and bring more water to millions of people along the Front Range.
"Water is too important for bickering and potential failure. It demands collaborations," said James Eklund, Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, which drafted the proposal. "This plan sets the stage for us to take the necessary next steps."
Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 1:31 pm
You might wonder why 48 million Americans get food poisoning every year, yet there are some animals that seem to be immune from even the nastiest germs.
We're talking here about vultures, which feast on rotting flesh that is chockablock with bacteria that would be deadly to human beings. In fact, vultures have a strong preference for that kind of food.
Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 3:25 pm
The Bureau of Land Management, environmentalists, and the energy industry have reached an agreement on a proposal to drill for oil and gas on the Roan Plateau. The new plan cancels 17 out of 19 oil and gas leases that were issued in 2008. Two previous leases at the top of the plateau, and a dozen at the base will remain in place.
"These measures allow us to protect the plateau but harness some of the energy resources," said Governor John Hickenlooper.
Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 5:36 pm
Update at 7:35 p.m. ET: The Senate voted against completing the Keystone pipeline.
The remaining portion of the Keystone pipeline project, if completed, will be fewer than 1,200 miles long â€” just a fraction of the existing 2.6 million miles of oil and gas pipelines running beneath our feet in the United States.
Arch Coal and the Forest Service will not be appealing a decision that revokes the company's expansion lease, as well as vacating an exception in the Colorado RoadlessÂÂ Rule that allows for expanded mining in the North Fork.Â