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Best bet: Evan Anderman shoots the Plains from planes 12.9.2014 Denver Post: Entertainment
visual art: Shooting Plains' development and shale drilling from planesThrough March 31.
Experts agree that water, not fracking, caused deadly Collbran slide 11.9.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
COLLBRAN — Government, industry and scientific experts who recently toured the West Salt Creek rock avalanche area agree that fracking is not to blame for setting off the deadly ...
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Steamboat soccer opens pivotal stretch at home with traditional rival Centaurus 11.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
For a non-league showdown, Steamboat Springs and Centaurus have about as storied a soccer tradition as you’ll find in the Sailors’ history books. For nearly two decades, the teams have squared off, traveling between Routt County and Lafayette to face each other as the Sailors and Warriors prep for their respective league title pushes. But it’s not necessarily a nasty rivalry. Look no further than the night before the yearly Steamboat-Centaurus renewal for proof. For years, the host team has opened its doors — and its kitchen — holding a joint team dinner, which Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann and company will put on at 6 p.m. Friday, welcoming coach Ken Ebersole’s Warriors to town. “It’s just a long-standing tradition that both programs have,” Bohlmann said during Wednesday’s practice. “We’ve known Kenny for a long time, and we have a pretty mutual respect for each other’s programs.” On the field, the teams have traded wins the past five years with the home team coming out on top each of the last ...
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Drilling, land rules top debate in La Plata County 10.9.2014 Durango Herald
Talk of money and business dominated the debate Tuesday between Board of County Commissioners candidates Brad Blake and Cynthia Roebuck.The candidates discussed how to cope with falling La Plata County tax revenue, whether fees are too high or not enough and whether a new airport project would be responsible spending.Blake, a...
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Steven Hoffman: Editorial misses point 10.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The Steamboat Pilot & Today’s Sunday editorial, “Conservation and oil wells,” completely missed the main public policy point that is central to the purpose of Routt County’s purchase of development rights program. PDR was created and affirmed by the voters of Routt County for the singular purpose of preserving from development designated land within the county. Funds are collected continuously from county taxpayers to support PDR. Landowners who meet the criteria of this program receive funds through PDR as, in effect, a payment against the reduced value of their land when they agree to a trust arrangement that legally prevents future development on such land brought into the trust. The Pilot thinks “that PDR has fulfilled its mission year after year.” I would suggest that a few facts undermine the Pilot’s belief. Let’s take a look at the most recent conservation easement approved by the Routt County commissioners and supported by the Pilot. Smith Rancho is north of Hayden. Does anyone believe there is a ...
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Hickenlooper: Land-use conflicts over drilling a key Colorado problem 10.9.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
Gov. John Hickenlooper said Tuesday that resolving conflicts between homeowners and oil and gas drillers is one of the most important issues he has ever worked on.
Hickenlooper names task force to defuse drilling land-use conflicts 9.9.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
Gov. John Hickenlooper Monday named the 19 members of a task force charged with defusing the sometimes bitter land-use clashes between oil and gas drilling and communities.
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Our View: Conservation and oil wells 7.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
After hearing Routt County Commissioners Doug Monger and Tim Corrigan express reservations about the latest ranch conservation easement using tax dollars to protect the natural and working landscape of the valley, we think it’s time for a public educational program. At issue The growing awareness that lands preserved with tax dollars may remain eligible for drilling. Our view More could be done to inform taxpayers. Specifically, we think the commissioners and the volunteer board that oversees Routt County’s Purchase of Development Rights program should consider explaining to the taxpayers how oil rigs and conservation can co-exist. The subject came up Sept. 2 when the commissioners learned that the owners of Smith Rancho north of Hayden had taken the step of severing their ownership of subsurface mineral rights from their surface ownership prior to undertaking a conservation easement that is funded in part by $600,000 of funds from the PDR program. It’s possible that taking that step could preserve the ...
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Newest easement brings total conservation acres at Smith Rancho to 11,807 3.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Appraised value of 3,507 acres: $2.96 million Landowner contribution: $1.78 million (60.2 percent) Routt County contribution: $580,300 plus $19,700 closing costs GoCo grant: $600,000 Total conserved acres of Dry Creek Ranch/Smith Rancho: 11,807 Funding for the PDR program comes from 1.5 mills of voter-approved property taxes last renewed in 2006. The PDR program is intended to give landowners an economically attractive alternative to selling land for development by instead compensating them for giving up development rights to the land. Tuesday’s unanimous vote by the Routt County commissioners to use $600,000 of dedicated property tax dollars to conserve an additional 3,507 acres of Dry Fork Ranch north of Hayden marks a landmark 50th conserved property for Routt County’s Purchase of Development Rights program. The new easement also may signal a new era when candidates for conservation easements routinely sever their own subsurface mineral rights from the surface rights in order to preserve their right ...
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Amid oil and gas boom, Colorado continues role as earthquake lab 31.8.2014 Denver Post: Local
From the living room chair where he sat reading around half past 9 on a May evening, Ron Baker heard the boom and felt his century-old Greeley farmhouse shudder, sending a menagerie of plastic horses toppling from a bedroom ...
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Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California 29.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
San Francisco • The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday. The move will end a halt that has stood since a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the federal agency failed to follow environmental law in allowing an oil extraction method known as fracking on public land in Monterey County. The study...
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Steamboat football gearing up for perennial rival Moffat County in opener 28.8.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Although Moffat County High School’s campus is just 44 miles from Steamboat Springs High School, there’s an aura of mystery surrounding this year’s Bulldogs-Sailors rivalry. A mid-summer firing of former Bulldogs coach Kip Hafey and the late-summer hiring of Keith Gille left Steamboat head coach Lonn Clementson with not much other than a Gille resume to work with while prepping for the Sailors’ Week 1 opponent. Outside some scouting of Moffat County’s Zero Week thrashing at the hands of 3A powerhouse Rifle — a 62-7 loss that was 41-0 in Rifle’s favor after one quarter — the Sailors are left with a “we’ll just have to wait and see” attitude. Clementson knows one thing, though. For a Steamboat program looking to make its way back into the playoff picture, the Sailors can’t afford to overlook any opponent, especially a perennial rival. 2014 Steamboat Springs football schedule Aug. 29: vs. Moffat County, 7 p.m. Sept. 5: vs. Aspen, 7 p.m. Sept. 12: at Battle Mountain, 7 p.m. Sept. 19: at Delta, 7 p.m. Sept. ...
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Lakewood company working to capture flared natural gas at oil well sites 26.8.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
LAKEWOOD — A Lakewood company has found a way to capture a byproduct of the booming energy economy — natural gas flared at remote oil well sites.
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Roan Plateau deserves protection from man and his oil structures 24.8.2014 Denver Post: Outdoors
Throughout the high country of the West, there are islands in the sky. More than just mountains, they appear as altars that call our gaze upward in admiration if not outright reverence.
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Big Colorado landowners have traction in negotiating oil, gas siting 24.8.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
It was a clash between suburbanites and an oil and gas company. Why, the homeowners wanted to know, couldn't the driller's planned wells be located farther from homes?
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Deal protects land near Book Cliffs, allows other drilling 20.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
A long-awaited deal will protect remote southern reaches of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation from development and, at the same time, will let the tribe and state partner on oil and gas ventures to the north. While the arrangement was spearheaded by pro-drilling members of Utah’s congressional delegation, environmentalists found much to praise because the agreement safeguards parts of the scenic Book Cliffs inside the reservation from industrial development. Ute tribal leaders plan a Frida...
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Federal oil and leases in Utah go unsold 20.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
A federal oil and gas lease auction Tuesday was a bit of a bust with only two parcels fetching the $2-an-acre minimum bid. The Bureau of Land Management tried to auction 22 parcels totalling 39,000 acres in Tooele and Juab counties, but there were only seven bidders, two of whom paid $33,000 for two parcels covering 2,063 acres — 5 percent of the total offered. The two leases sold are located around Hop Creek, about seven miles east of Nephi in the shadow of Mount Nebo. LT Land Group LLC of Sal...
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Roan deal won't cost towns 13.8.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
A proposed settlement that could free up some oil and gas leases within the Roan Plateau study area for drilling and do away with others should not come at the expense of future mineral lease payments to local governments, Gov. John Hickenlooper has pledged.
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Success of Hickenlooper oil, gas panel hinges on offering legislation 7.8.2014 Denver Post: Business
Gov. John Hickenlooper said Tuesday the success of his handpicked commission on oil and gas drilling hinges on getting legislation to address the land-use conflicts between homeowners ...
Hickenlooper, Polis float Colorado oil, gas local control compromise 5.8.2014 Denver Post: All Political News
Gov. John Hickenlooper Monday unveiled a delicately balanced compromise on local control of oil and gas drilling — based on reciprocal actions from state government, local control advocates and industry backers
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