Montrose County has filed for a series of massive water rights on the San Miguel River. The county says it needs the water for future development in the West End. But the claims may put an unnecessary burden on some residents of the area. And as KVNF’s Terray Sylvester reports, they’ve also begun to strain the relationship between Montrose and San Miguel counties.
Energy regulators in Colorado are examining whether to increase the distance between oil and gas drilling sites and buildings such as schools and homes. They’re also considering a water-testing requirement that would need to be done before and after drilling takes place.