24Oct/14
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What It’s Like To Have 30 Oil & Gas Wells As Neighbors

The first thing Don Martin asks me is if I want the little picture or the big picture. Big picture, I tell him, and he leads me from the gate of his apartment complex to the driveway of his next-door neighbor.

Martin’s neighbor is Freeport McMoRan, a company worth $30 billion. Freeport’s property beside Martin is just one tiny sliver of an empire that spans continents and includes some of the largest gold and copper mines in the world. Continue reading

21Oct/14
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A Host of Chemicals Emissions Are Seeping From Oil and Gas Operations

A host of chemical emissions seep are seeping from oil and gas drilling pads with different ones coming from different places in the operation – from the wellhead to tanks to valves, according to a new study.

“The hope is that this helps us understand what kinds of emissions are coming from which equipment on a site,” said Carsten Warneke, a University of Colorado researcher and lead author on the study. Continue reading

21Oct/14
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Colorado’s First Couple of Pro-Fracking Front Groups

A Greenpeace investigation has uncovered close ties between a Colorado political couple and at least six oil and gas industry front groups that have been fighting state regulations designed to protect the health of its citizens and the environment. Continue reading

10Oct/14
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The Town of Wellington in Colorado Drinks Treated Frackwater!

In Colorado, produced water [produced water is fracked water, also known as flowback, and is laced with endocrine disrupting, carcinogenic chemicals] from oil wells near Wellington has been treated as a raw water resource to augment shallow water aquifers. [As of the writing of this article, there is no known technology to make fracked water safe again. Once the chemicals are put in the water, they cannot be removed.] The Wellington Oil Company, operating in Larimer County, Colorado, reported that 98.5% of its fluid production is produced water. The company utilized a deep injection well that re-injected the produced water Continue reading