Category Archives: Natural Gas

Public Hearing on Boulder County Fracking Moratorium: March 1st, 4pm

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on March 1 to consider terminating, renewing or otherwise amending the temporary moratorium that has been placed on Boulder County’s processing of applications for oil and gas development in the unincorporated county.

As part of this proceeding the commissioners will consider the need for staff to continue evaluating, drafting and processing appropriate amendments to the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Code governing future oil and gas development.

*What*:  Public hearing on oil and gas development in unincorporated Boulder County
*When*:  Thursday, March 1 at 4 p.m.
*Where*: Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Boulder County Courthouse, third floor, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder

Residents and other interested parties will then have time to comment (three-minute limit per individual speaker). Comments may be also submitted to commissioners@bouldercounty.org.

On Feb. 2 the commissioners approved a temporary moratorium on the processing of the required development plans for local oil and gas permits under the county Land Use Code (Resolution 2012-16<http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/articlefiles/2986-Resolution%202012-16.pdf>) and released a statement<http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/bc.aspx?articleid=2986&zoneid=1>detailing their concerns about the potential for significantly expanded oil and gas drilling within the county.

Visit http://www.bouldercounty.org/dept/landuse/pages/oilgas.aspx for more information.

Colorado Solar Thermal Roadmap Unveiled: Thurs, 2/16, 7pm

Clean Energy Action is pleased to present:

The Colorado Solar Thermal Roadmap: A Strategic Plan to Make Colorado the National Leader in Solar Thermal Development

with Laurent Meillon, co-founder of the Solar Thermal Alliance of Colorado.

Thursday, February 16, 2010; 7-9 pm
Refreshments at 6:30

West Boulder Senior Center;
909 Arapahoe Avenue Boulder, CO 80302

The Presentation:

The newly-released Colorado Solar Thermal Roadmap, conceived of by the Solar Thermal Alliance of Colorado, is a strategic plan to make Colorado a global leader in solar thermal development. Adoption, installation, manufacturing, and research & development of solar thermal technologies could boost Colorado’s economy, generate jobs, and help build a sustainable energy future. Solar thermal technologies are promising alternatives to environmentally hazardous fossil fuel-burning heating sources.

Colorado is strategically poised to seize national leadership in the solar thermal industry—and the vast economic benefits that come with it. Due to Colorado’s dramatic daily temperature swings, abundant sunshine, cold groundwater, and annual heating loads, solar thermal heating technologies perform better in Colorado than in any other state according to researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Florida Solar Energy Center.

Please join Clean Energy Action for a special presentation by Laurent Meillon on the Colorado Solar Thermal Roadmap, the economic and environmental benefits of this technology, and the path forward for solar thermal development.

To view the Roadmap, click here.

Speaker Bio:

Laurent Meillon is a co-founder of STAC, the Solar Thermal Alliance of Colorado, a joint venture of CRES and COSEIA to create a long-term roadmap for solar thermal in our state. Meillon is also the director of Capitol Solar Energy, a Colorado business with 30 years of continuous focus on solar thermal. Capitol Solar Energy focuses on the design, installation and service of solar thermal systems, ranging from simple domestic hot water systems, to more complex residential combination systems addressing hot water, space heating and a pool or spa, to even larger commercial or multi-family solar thermal systems. Since receiving an MBA from Madison, WI and through his 20 year professional career, Meillon has focused on business development in various industries, as well as environmental activism.

Boulder County Imposes 6-Month Moratorium on Fracking

“Boulder County commissioners  imposed a temporary moratorium on accepting and processing new applications for oil and gas drilling operations in any unincorporated areas of the county.  A March 1 public hearing on oil and gas drilling, particularly on the potential impacts of horizontal drilling and of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” — the process of injecting a mixture of sand, water and chemicals into rock formations in order to free up hard-to-reach oil and natural gas deposits — is tentatively set.

The six-month moratorium, which went immediately into effect and is to remain in place until Aug. 2, is intended to give the county staff time to study the adequacy of Boulder County’s current land use regulations as they apply to oil and gas development, and to propose possible amendments to those existing local rules.

Assistant county attorney Ben Doyle told the commissioners that while Boulder County’s current comprehensive plan and Land Use Code do address oil and gas exploration, the county’s regulations “are ripe for review” and “may not be adequate to address the impacts” of drilling as it’s now practiced.

According to the resolution the commissioners adopted Thursday, “oil and gas operations have the potential for significant and immediate impacts on the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Boulder County.”

Among those possible impacts, the resolution says, are: “increased noise, odor, dust, traffic, noxious weeds and other disturbance, as well as the potential to significantly impact the county’s air, water, soil, biological quality, geology, topography, plant ecosystems, wildlife habitat, wetlands, floodplains, water, stormwater and wastewater infrastructure, drainage and erosion control, parks and open space lands, transportation infrastructure, emergency response plans, and other aesthetic values and community resources.”

For entire article, click here http://www.timescall.com/news/longmont-local-news/ci_19878557

Fracking in CO: Full Disclosure of Chemical Contents Required, Extraction Procedures Unchanged

It required intense negotiations between oil and gas companies and environmentalists, but  Colorado now has the most comprehensive  fracking-fluid disclosure rule in the country; this new rule requires drillers to disclose all the chemicals in hydraulic fracturing and their concentrations.

According to Grist, “The disclosure of [the chemicals in fracking] gets at two very serious concerns posed by fracking: 1) when fracking pollution occurs in groundwater, in streams, or on land, the public should be able to connect that pollution back to the fracking chemicals that caused it, and 2) it will allow landowners to test their wells and groundwater prior to fracking, and then re-test after fracking to check for fracking pollution.”

“Importantly, the new rules substantively removed the “trade secret loophole” that was proposed in the original version of the rules that would have allowed frackers to not disclose the names of the chemicals in fracking fluids by saying those chemicals were “trade secrets.”

And although drillers in Colorado will have to disclose the chemical components in fracking concentrations, “these new rules do nothing to stop or slow down fracking, do nothing to address the fracking pollution that’s already occurred, and do nothing to directly protect water, land, wildlife, or people from oil and gas pollution and fracking. These rules simply allow the chemicals to be named and tested for after the poisoning and pollution may have occurred.”

To read more about Colorado’s recently passed fracking disclosure law, visit the Denver Post article here.

To read more about the pro’s and con’s of Colorado’s fracking rule, as posted by Grist, click here.