oil and gas

In this episode, a Master Leasing Plan concerning oil and gas development in Montezuma and La Plata Counties has been proposed by the Bureau of Land Management. KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press look at Montezuma County's varied responses to the proposal.  Also, Colorado funding for education--already near the bottom nationally in per pupil support--may be getting worse.  And, will marijuana revenue backfill funds lost to the State through the Negative Factor formula or are schools on their own?

  • Montezuma County commissioners refuse to take part in a Master Leasing Plan proposed by the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Former Montezuma County Sheriff’s deputy will receive a settlement of nearly $159,000 from the county.

  • Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment says fish from the Animas River are safe to eat after Gold King Mine waste spill.
  • Study shows energy development adversely affects mule deer habitat.


In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Lyn Patrick talks with Mike Eisenfeld, New Mexico Energy Coordinator with the San Juan Citizens Alliance, about a methane gas concentration that appeared over the Four Corners area in NASA satellite images, and discuss the environmental and public health implications of methane, how leading scientists are researching the source of the methane, and what concerned citizens can do.

In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Lyn Patrick talks with former Mayor of Boulder and Country Commissioner of Boulder County Will Toor about his role on Colorado Governor Hickenlooper's Blue Ribbon Panel on Oil and Gas, what challenges it faces, and possible accomplishments the panel stands to achieve in regulating oil and gas operations in Colorado.


In the episode of Pandora's Box, host Lyn Patrick talks about SkyTruth, a non-profit remote sensing and mapping company that is transforming the environmental movement with satellites. Lyn explains how the company is looking at air emissions from oil and gas well across the world using satellite imagery, why this information is important to understand air pollution issues, and how you can see these images for yourself.

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Oil and Gas Leasing Near Bluff, Utah

Jul 24, 2014
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The Bureau of Land Management recently initiated a process for leasing public land near Bluff, Utah for oil and gas development. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Josh Ewing, executive director of Friends of Cedar Mesa, about where these parcels are located, and why residents are concerned.

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Lyn Patrick talks with Pete Dronkers of Earthworks about the latest plans for oil and gas development and hydraulic fracturing in southwest Colorado.

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Oil and gas development within the shale deposits in Montezuma and La Plata counties could employ the practice of hydraulic fracturing, the controversial drilling practice that has been linked to environmental issues in other parts of the U.S. Host Lyn Patrick talks with Pete Dronkers from Earthworks, a national and local environmental nonprofit that is working on issues related to the potential hazards of fracking in southwest Colorado.

Earthworks website: www.earthworksaction.org