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Oil and Gas Development
September 20, 2016--Shaping water access and allocation: A relation analysis of water use for oil and gas development in Colorado (NIWR)
The state of Colorado’s Division of Water Resources considers water use for oil and gas (OG) extraction activities as short-term and an insignificant percentage of Colorado’s overall water consumption. The Statewide Water Supply Plan makes no mention of concern about OG water uses; and OG activities are not represented at the Basin Roundtables, a state initi
September 11, 2016--Lawsuit launched over fracking, water, climate change in Colorado River Basin (Center for Biological Diversity)
April 24, 2015--Oil and gas drilling is consuming millions of acres of US farmland: Study (International Business Times)
As oil and gas drilling ramps up in the central U.S. and Canada, the region is losing an increasing amount of cropland, ranches and forests to industrial activities. In recent years, huge swaths of the Great Plains have given way to well sites, oil pads, parking lots and gravel roads that service the energy industry, researchers say.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton recently released a potential amendment to the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act, changing the House bill from the agreed-upon wording drafted by community consensus. The original bill had the support of La Plata and San Juan counties, and had been carefully crafted by people who live there.
Water shortages could hinder fracking for shale oil and gas in many parts of the world, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has said. In the first report of its kind, the WRI found that 38% of the world's shale resources were in arid areas or in those with severe water stress. Accessing fresh water was likely to present "serious challenges", it said.
Submitted by denise on August 27, 2014 - 1:16pm
09/04/2014 6:08 pm
A joint meeting of the Animas Watershed Partnership, San Juan Watershed Group, and Mountain Studies Insitute. Featured presentation will be Katya Hafich with the Colorado Water and Energy Research Center.
Oil and gas exploration and production in the US Western states uses less water compared to other public and private sector activities, according to a study released by Western Energy Alliance that was conducted by Golder Associates, a global consulting, design, and construction services firm.
August 14, 2014--Oil and gas compromise puts final nail in coffin for public trust initiatives (Telluride Watch)
The last of 2014′s trio of Public Trust Doctrine initiatives died last week along with three other ballot initiatives that were pulled as a result of a compromise announced by Gov. Hickenlooper and Boulder Congressman Jared Polis.
Applications to the state to use deep aquifer water for hydraulic fracturing are surging in Colorado. Before 2011 there were no applications for oil and gas use. Since 2011 though, property owners have applied to use 35,600 acre-feet of aquifer water for oil and gas development, according to the Colorado Division of Water Resources.
Critics of fracking, may have hoped drought-ridden states might be inclined to shut down the oil and gas extraction method that uses huge amounts of water. But just last month, in the midst of the worst drought in California's history, the state Senate killed a bill that would have put a moratorium on the state's use of hydraulic fracturing.