Following is a preview of tomorrow’s headlines
EnCana, one of Garfield County’s top natural gas producers, countered allegations it contaminated a Silt water well with hydraulic fracturing fliuds at a Colorado Oil and Gas Commission hearing last week. But it may have overstepped COGCC procedures by presenting its case prematurely.
EnCana has received a series of “Notices of Alleged Violation” from COGCC, which have proposed a connection between its gas wells and thermogenic ” or production-type ” gas found in the Dietrich and Amos/Walker water wells south of Silt. According to the Notice of Hearing issued by COGCC two weeks ago, continued sampling of both wells has shown that production gas is still contaminating them.
COGCC also “fingerprinted” the gas in the Dietrich and Amos/Walker wells by chemical analysis, and it is similar to the gas coming from particular EnCana wells near those homes.
Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus drivers have a lot to look forward to this fall.
RFTA hopes to open a park-and-ride lot in West Glenwood by Thanksgiving, in time for the start of its winter schedule. A lot in Carbondale may also open by early next year, if not sooner.
The lots, which will be paved and lit, with shelters, are being funded in part by nearly $2 million originally authorized by Congress for planning the future of the railroad corridor.
RFTA spent $2 million out of an authorized $4 million in federal funds for a corridor investment study that indicated a bus rapid transit system rather than commuter rail would make the most sense for the corridor, said RFTA chief executive officer Dan Blankenship. At that point, it made sense to spend the remaining $2 million on a regional transportation system rather than using it for more on studies.
This weekend’s swim meet in Montrose was touted as a “last chance” opportunity for athletes to qualify for post-season championship events later this month.
The mindset of the Sopris Barracudas was different.
Using the summer’s regular-season meet as a tune up for what’s ahead, many of the local swim club’s members zipped to fine performances.
Jennifer Betts earned one of the Barracudas’ six individual first-place finishes while setting a seasonal best time of 2 minutes, 19.74 seconds in the girls 15 and above 200 meters freestyle.
Her best effort, time-wise, came in the 800 free, where Betts slashed a whopping 47-plus seconds off her previous best in a second-place finish of 10:26.12.
The Glenwood Springs senior-to-be also racked up runner-up finishes in the 50, 100 and 400 freestyles.
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The BLM will conduct an environmental assessment of the proposed wells needed to begin the NEPA process on the larger quarry expansion.