Archive for the ‘Environment/Energy’ Category

In Colorado, fracking near schools

Posted on: June 4th, 2012 by The American Independent 2 Comments

ERIE, COLO. — Flaggers in bright yellow vests stopped traffic on the parkway in Erie, Colo., Wednesday as a convoy of semi-trailer trucks rumbled toward Red Hawk Elementary hauling sound barriers to muffle a gas extraction project that is vexing many residents in this once peaceful family neighborhood. (more…)

Feds indict oil spill contractors over undocumented workers

Posted on: May 24th, 2012 by Todd Heywood 4 Comments

Photo: Unidentified workers from Hallmark Industrial Services take a lunch break from oil spill clean up work in August of 2010.

LANSING — The federal government has indicted an owner and a manager of a Texas-based company for allegedly conspiring to violate immigration laws. (more…)

Private water industry defends ALEC membership

Posted on: May 3rd, 2012 by Sarah Pavlus 8 Comments

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An influential trade association representing companies that provide water services to one in four Americans says it will continue its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative group that has worked with the energy industry to create loophole-filled water protections and opposes federal oversight of fracking. (more…)

Aspen chamber divorces U.S. Chamber of Commerce over climate change dispute

Posted on: April 27th, 2012 by The American Independent 2 Comments

Climate activists spell out the words "Save Snow" on Aspen Mountain in 2009 (image via

Aspen’s chamber of commerce isn’t the first to sever ties with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over political differences. The chamber in Homer, Alaska, made national headlines when it canceled its membership.


Private water companies partner with fracking lobby

Posted on: April 20th, 2012 by Sarah Pavlus No Comments

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Two of the country’s largest private water utility companies are participants in a massive lobbying effort to expand controversial shale gas drilling — a heavy industrial activity that promises to enrich the water companies but may also put drinking water resources at risk. (more…)

As sea levels rise, report faults Va.’s climate preparedness

Posted on: April 16th, 2012 by Reilly Moore 1 Comment
Virginia needs to do more to protect itself against possible global warming impacts, a climate change preparedness report released last week found.


Clean air ads highlight energy debate in Va.

Posted on: April 9th, 2012 by Reilly Moore 2 Comments

A new television ad hit Virginia media markets Wednesday, encouraging Virginians to support the EPA’s newly proposed clean air standards.


Colorado businessman pushes Flaming Gorge pipeline

Posted on: March 23rd, 2012 by The American Independent 1 Comment

A plan to divert water from Wyoming’s Flaming Gorge to Colorado’s Front Range is back on the table.

Colorado entrepreneur Aaron Million has filed a new application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which last month deemed the proposal premature and short on specifics.

The Green River passing through The Gates of Lodore in northwestern Colorado. (Image courtesy of Jim Wark/Airphoto)

Million’s company, Wyco Power and Water Inc., is requesting a rehearing and clarification for the basis of FERC’s dismissal. In paperwork filed this morning (pdf), Wyco argues the order is inconsistent and that it establishes precedents detrimental to future development of hydroelectric facilities in the United States.

“Wyco contends that it will be counterproductive and cost-prohibitive to secure all necessary permits and authorizations to construct the pipeline without confirming the locations of the associated hydroelectric facilities,” the filing says.

Critics say the pipeline would drain 81 billion gallons of water each year from the Green River, a tributary of the already stressed Colorado River, and the state of Colorado projects the pipeline could cost as much as $9 billion to build. The Colorado River Water Conservation District, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, county and local governments in southwestern Wyoming and a multitude of conservation groups are opposing the potential pipeline that Million claims is needed for Colorado to meet its rising demand for water.

“FERC made the right decision in February,” said Matt Rice, director of the Denver-based chapter of American Rivers. “It is clear this is nothing more than a speculative project that if ever built would severely harm the recreational, economic, agricultural and natural values of the Green River. Mr. Million is grasping for straws. It is highly unlikely that FERC will reverse their decision.”

Gary Wockner of Save The Poudre added that “Mr. Million seems to think this process is like an Etch-A-Sketch, where he can just keep shaking and redrawing until he finally wears down the federal agencies and the opposition. The Flaming Gorge Pipeline is a fatally flawed concept that would devastate the Green and Colorado River ecosystems — we will fight it at every opportunity.”

The Colorado Water Conservation Board recently funded a “project exploration committee” that is considering the Flaming Gorge pipeline. The task force held its first meeting Jan. 12 in Silverthorne, and it is scheduled to continue meeting to discuss the pipeline through the end of the year.