Oil and Gas Development

November 22, 2012--The war on New Mexico's water (High Country News)

As residents of the West, each of us keeps, either consciously or not, a checklist of those things that make our lives here worthwhile. Some of those things add to our quality of life, like cultural diversity and breathtaking landscapes. Others, like clean water, fall more into the necessities of life category. Without clean water, we don't drink, we don't eat, and everything collapses.

October 29, 2012--Western communities boiling over water quality (Denver Post)

Communities across the West are demanding limits on oil shale drilling along the Colorado River over concerns the thirst for oil could lead to polluted water supplies for millions of people. The worries have prompted proposals to limit acreage available for leasing.

May 3, 2012--New study indicates that fracking poses substantial risk to water (Colorado Independent)

A new study has raised fresh concerns about the safety of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, concluding that fracking chemicals injected into the ground could migrate toward drinking water supplies far more quickly than experts have previously predicted.

March 9, 2012--New report warns against oil shale risks, consequences for Colorado’s water (Colorado Independent)

Pursuing oil shale production in the face of increasing water demands and climate change concerns is ill-advised, a new report from an environmental group here warns. Colorado’s population is projected to swell by 57 percent over the next 30 years while its next-door neighbor, Utah, could see a 105 percent population spike, the Western Resource Advocates report notes.

January 6, 2012--Oil wells could produce water as well (Pueblo Chieftain)

While Colorado could be looking at supplying water for energy exploration on the Eastern Plains, some are beginning to look at selling water produced from oil and gas wells. STW Resources of Midland, Texas, Thursday announced an oil-field water processing pilot plant in the Permian Basin in West Texas.

October 17, 2011--Colorado oil, gas companies to launch groundwater monitoring program (Coloradoan)

Colorado oil and gas companies are preparing to launch one of the nation’s first statewide voluntary groundwater monitoring programs. The industry is hoping that the tests beginning Nov. 1 will show the public that oil and gas operations don’t pollute groundwater.

October 9, 2011--Tributary or not? Decoding confusing water rules (Durango Herald)

A gas producer doesn’t need a water right to withdraw the nontributary ground water beneath your property; a well permit works just fine. Is a producer taking your private property when it withdraws the nontributary ground water beneath your property without your consent?

August 25, 2011--Drilling into the Dolores Basin (Durango Telegraph)

As the oil and gas industry waits for natural gas prices to rebound, area conservation groups want to ensure the next boom won’t be an environmental bust. This week, the San Juan Public Lands Center released a draft environmental impact statement on what is expected to be the next hot spot for oil and gas development in Southwest Colorado.

Judge Rules in Favor of Landowners

According to a recent Durango Herald article, Judge Gregory Lyman tossed out several gas companies’ applications for water rights in a ruling that could strengthen the hands of landowners in negotiations with drillers. Judge Lyman’s ruling is the latest development in a long struggle concerning water rights and gas drilling that began in 2007.

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