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Fracking requires a special type of sand

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media The hydraulic fracturing process utilizes a plethora of different substances to release hydrocarbons from deep below the earth’s surface, but a recent report by the Greeley Tribune asserts that the most important of these elements is sand. As the cocktail of water, chemicals and sand are injected into the ground at high pressures, sand ...

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The campaign goes on: ‘Ban Fracking’ groups target new Colorado task force

Sam Lomax | Breaking Energy Anti-energy activists – including Anthony Ingraffea, the New York-based star of the Gaslandmovies – are continuing their “ban fracking” campaign in Colorado by seeking roles on a new oil and natural gas task force. The “blue ribbon” task force was created under an agreement between millionaire Boulder Congressman Jared Polis and Gov. John Hickenlooper.  Before the deal was ...

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Boulder researcher leads study of stratosphere’s influence on ground ozone

Charlie Brennan | Boulder Daily Camera, Colo. A Boulder-based researcher has authored a new study showing that intrusions of ozone-rich air from the stratosphere can compound the ground-level challenges in meeting federal ozone standards in Las Vegas — and the same factors can influence conditions in Colorado. Andrew Langford, a research chemist in the Earth System Research Laboratory at the ...

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3 out of 5 Colorado fracking bans struck down


Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Over the past few years, five cities on Colorado’s Front Range have tried to place bans on the hydraulic fracturing process, but three of the bans have been struck down recently, according to a report from the Denver Business Journal. Currently, only Boulder and Broomfield are able to tout having bans in place. Most ...

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Front Range pollution researchers surprised by ozone levels

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media The research of air pollution on Colorado’s Front Range has found harmful ozone and ozone-causing chemicals in amounts that have surprised the researches involved, according to a recent report by the Associated Press. Using balloons, ground stations and aircraft flights (which ran from mid-July to Aug. 18) researchers have been busy gathering data from ...

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Oil and gas companies combat noise levels

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Hay bales are becoming as commonplace as drilling rigs in Colorado according to a recent report by Fuel Fix. To combat the noise levels created by the hydraulic fracturing process, which are continually moving closer to people’s residences, oil and gas companies have been using sound walls and stacks of hay bales to help ...

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National Ecological Observatory Network expands aerial work, planning hangar in Boulder

Alicia Wallace | The Boulder Daily Camera, Colo. A little more than five years after settling its headquarters in Boulder, the National Ecological Observatory Network is more than halfway through a nearly $434 million effort to build a continental-scale laboratory. NEON’s federally funded efforts involve placing 106 field sites and instruments on land and in waterways across the United States, ...

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Weld County tax base grows as oil and gas keeps booming

Sharon Dunn | The Greeley Tribune, Colo. The ever-growing oil and gas industry is making up a larger portion of the Weld County tax base, driving down residential property taxes, county officials say. And it’s only going to continue. “Even though values will go up, I would not guarantee taxes would do the same,” said Chris Woodruff, Weld County’s assessor. ...

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Longmont City Council votes unanimously to appeal judge’s decision on fracking ban

Tony Kindelspire | The Daily Times-Call (Longmont, Colo.) Applause and a standing ovation greeted the 7-0 vote Tuesday night by the Longmont City Council to appeal Boulder County District Court Judge D.D. Mallard’s ruling in July that said Longmont had no right to ban fracking within its city limits. While more than two dozen speakers at the public invited to ...

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