Oil and Gas

KVNF looks at the recent Draft Resource Management Plan (called an RMP) released by the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office in June.  Alex Johnson, Director of the Western Slope Conservation Center,  Dana Wilson, Acting Field Manager at the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office and Bill Day of Western Colorado Congress, break it down. 

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, June 20, 2016

Jun 20, 2016

  • DMEA announces new board, unveils fiber optic internet
  • Vast oil and gas reserves raise concerns on Western Slope
  • Colorado aims for comprehensive trail guide  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May 31, 2016

  • Expect delays on I-70 thru Glenwood Canyon on Wednesday
  • Fishing tournament at Ridgway Reservoir encourages smallmouth bass capture
  • CO oil and gas industry raises $6 million to fight ballot measures

In 2007, Rick Kinder was working for a contractor, building a house in southern Colorado. The workers had just finished putting in all the doors, windows and sealing the house. Kinder and a colleague were working in the crawlspace, hanging insulation.

"And we just heard this big roar and then a big boom, and it threw us against the walls, and it just blew the whole top of the roof off," Kinder says.

natural gas facility, Parachute
Flickr: EnergyTomorrow

In Colorado’s oil- and gas-producing counties, science teachers broach a thorny subject in their own backyard.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Apr 6, 2016

  • Oil and gas local control bill fails in state legislature
  • Oyster joins race for San Miguel County Commissioner
  • Ulibarri misses petition deadline for Montrose County Commissioner Race
  • Ridgway Fire expands rescue services 
  • Coal production down in Colorado
  • Region 10 receives $1.8M for regional broadband effort  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Jan 19, 2016

  • Missing snowmobilers found in Garfield County
  • Amazon to start charging sales tax in Colorado
  • CPW event will demo ice fishing at Crawford State Park
  • New study shows lethal hazards of diesel fumes
  • A roundtable discussion of this year’s state politics  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015

Dec 31, 2015

  • DMEA board approves pursing home broadband service
  • Livestock disease still affecting Western Slope animals
  • Democratic state lawmakers could introduce stricter oil, gas legislation
  • More fertilizer plants come online and bring their baggage: CO2

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Dec. 25, 2015

Dec 25, 2015

  • Large ranch property in Ouray County now protected
  • Oil rigs shut down across nation in price slump
  • Interview with Colorado Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Dec. 14, 2015

Dec 14, 2015

  • SMPA transformer used for target practice
  • More tests now available for high school equivalency
  • Lake City pays another $15K to finish Armory renovation
  • Oil and gas health reporting hotline now available for the state
  • Palisade Pharmacy settles with feds over drug handling

The Colorado Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether local cities in Colorado can either ban hydraulic fracturing or declare a moratorium. The chamber was filled with a who’s who in the energy world, from policy experts and state and city officials, to top attorneys and environmental activists, highlighting the importance of the cases.

“We’re very, very, serious about not wanting fracking anywhere near us,” said Kaye Fissinger with Our Longmont. She helped spearhead the ballot campaign which Longmont voters passed in 2012. “It was a landslide victory 60 to 40 percent. The people spoke. And the people should be heard.”

The seven justices heard an hour of arguments on the Longmont case, along with an hour of arguments on the five-year fracking moratorium passed by the city of Fort Collins.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

Dec 10, 2015

  • Colorado Supreme Court hears fracking cases
  • Hilltop receives $60K for domestic violence, senior daycare programs
  • Ski season brings big economic gains to Colorado
  • The four steps of climate change denial

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

Dec 9, 2015

  • Feds approve natural gas development near Somerset
  • Carbondale pot shop targeted by armed robbers
  • Forest Service officials discuss the Colorado Roadless Rule exemption
  • Agencies partner to give Christmas trees to those in need

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Nov 19, 2015

  • Hickenlooper defends Syrian refugee policy
  • Delta County Library Board responds after district director leaves
  • Norwood woman seriously injured in backcountry snowmobile accident
  • BLM releases draft EIS for White River National Forest oil & gas leases
  • BLM recommends cancelling 17 oil & gas leases on Roan Plateau
  • DMEA hosts energy efficiency forum in Hotchkiss

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

Nov 17, 2015

  • Power outages affect DMEA customers
  • More snow forecasted for Western Slope
  • Shepherds get minimum wage increase
  • Hickenlooper says Colorado open to Syrian refugees
  • Local control over oil and gas development considered

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

Nov 13, 2015

  • GJPD: Officers struck by reckless driver
  • Suspicious device at Telluride gas station deemed safe
  • CSU study finds no evidence of dangerous oil, gas contaminants in water
  • Can small communities tackle global food security?

It's getting harder to see the stars in North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and it's due to flares, drilling rigs and all the lights from the Bakken oilfield.

Since 2010, scientists with the National Park Service have measured a 500 percent increase in the amount of anthropogenic light there — no other national park in America has seen such a rapid increase in light pollution.

Kent Friesen is standing in a dark field in the North Dakota Badlands, peering into a huge telescope.

When energy booms go bust, the public is often left responsible for the cleanup. That's because while most states and the federal government make companies put up at least some money in advance to pay for any mess they leave behind, it's often not enough.

After the methane industry collapse, there were almost 4,000 wells in Wyoming that the company responsible walked away from. Now, the state has to pay the price.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

Oct 16, 2015

  • Police sting leads to arrests for child prostitution
  • Second theft causes construction delays
  • Parks and Wildlife brings information to local libraries
  • Chicken lawsuit highlights problems with lack of zoning laws
  • New rules for oil and gas considered
  • Major break cuts off water service in Paonia

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Oct 15, 2015

  • Chicken farms in Delta County get the greenlight
  • Montrose School District approves $80K for repairs
  • HopeWest hosts open house for new Montrose facility
  • Oil and gas industry responding to threat of worker lung disease

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Oct 8, 2015

  • Hickenlooper appoints replacement for Mesa County DA
  • Montrose fast-­tracks new city dispatch center
  • State commission to study use of American Indian mascots in schools
  • Some Colorado towns look to rein in oil and gas ahead of state rules

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015

Oct 5, 2015

  • EPA releases rules for ozone levels
  • Palisade opens new bike park
  • States stuck with abandoned gas wells

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

Sep 30, 2015

  • Bowie announces further layoffs at mine near Paonia
  • City of Delta Police Chief resigns
  • Halliburton ordered to pay $18 Million in back wages
  • Lt. Governor, state officials promote literacy on Colorado tour

The U.S. Department of Interior decided Tuesday that the greater sage grouse does not need protection under the Endangered Species Act. The bird spans 11 western states including Colorado, where it lives in pockets along the western slope, but is mostly concentrated in the northwest part of the state.

Gov. John Hickenlooper was one of the many people working to avoid a federal listing for the bird. While the sage grouse decision is a win for the governor, a few other initiatives – and longtime battles in Colorado – still need his attention.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

Sep 18, 2015

  • Homeless man gets 6 months for trashing federal land near Telluride
  • Montrose chiropractor seriously injured in collision
  • Mesa County DA resigns, takes federal position
  • CDOT says Bustang successful so far, but may expand in 2016
  • Oil and gas fatalities up in 2014
  • Colorado legislature continues to wrangle over rain barrels

Oil drilling on Colorado's populous Front Range has forced more interactions between communities and the energy industry – and that's caused tension. At the recent annual Rocky Mountain Energy Summit, one of the discussions centered on how to improve relations between the industry and the public.

It's an ongoing issue that the state will tackle in a new rule making hearing.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Sep 1, 2015

  • More towns put municipal internet on November’s ballot
  • Delta considers allowing OHV use on roads
  • Paonia River Park to become ADA compliant
  • Discussions continue for oil and gas industry on how to communicate

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

Aug 18, 2015

  • Wildfires in Colorado are coming under control
  • New data shows record number of suicides for Colorado
  • State regulators urged to finalizes oil and gas recommendations
  • De Beque sees tax revenues from marijuana beyond expectations

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015

Aug 13, 2015

  • FBI investigation into Grand Junction Airport fraud is dropped
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans to raise premium rates by a third
  • A look at the best lightshow in the sky, the Perseid Meteor Shower
  • State agency says Animas River is improving
  • Business groups fight against new EPA air regulations
  • Study finds natural gas development drastically cuts into mule deer habitat

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Aug 4, 2015

  • Mountain Biker Dies While Competing In Crested Butte Leg of Enduro World Series 
  • After Accident On Popular OHV Road San Miguel Sheriff Calls For Closure To Vehicles
  • Grand Junction Man Arrested In Toddler’s Death
  • Comment Period For Proposed Oil & Gas Project Near Somerset Ends
  • Forest Service Tries To Cope With Beetle Kill, Aspen Decline

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