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With a view out her dining room window of the newly installed water tank that EnCana fills every few weeks, Laura Amos disputed EnCana’s contention that hydraulic fracturing on its nearby gas wells did not contaminate her well. Since January, EnCana has been providing drinking water to the Amos home.
Just across her fence looms the gas company’s G33 well pad with four wells that Amos says have contaminated her water.
Tuesday, Amos spoke to the Post Independent about her efforts to prove EnCana’s the source of the contamination.
Last week, EnCana laid out its case to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in Rifle. EnCana engineer Joel Fox and water-well expert Tony Gorody said hydraulic fracturing fluid could not have entered Laura Amos’ water well.
COGCC staff has recommended fining EnCana for contaminating the Amos well with gas produced from its wells. It will hold a hearing on the matter in October. Staff has also agreed with the gas company that the Amos well shows no signs of fracturing fluid chemicals associated with natural-gas production.
An attempt to provide 20-minute bus service in Glenwood Springs “is not working,” says the man in charge of the buses.
However, Dan Blankenship, chief executive officer for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, hopes things will improve once several major construction projects conclude later this year.
“We don’t have a typical set of operating circumstances to really gauge whether or not the tweaking we’ve done to the routing so far would be workable under normal conditions,” Blankenship said.
Besides providing regional bus service, RFTA contracts to provide the Ride Glenwood Springs in-town service. Earlier this year, a sharply divided City Council decided to reduce the area of that service, but increase the bus frequency to every 20 minutes, and make bus rides free.
When Bob and Mary Noone started Summer of Jazz 20 years ago, the stage was made of plywood pieces.
“The first season was at Centennial Park and I went to Big John’s and borrow six pieces of 4-foot by 8-foot plywood … that was the stage,” said Bob, an attorney who continues to volunteer the weekly summer shows with Mary. “Then we would go pick up the musicians at the bus station. It was very low key.”
Bob said the first year of Summer of Jazz entertained audiences of 20 to 30. Now crowds of between 2,000 and 3,000 converge on the grass to watch the eight-week series on the covered ” and permanent ” Two Rivers stage.
“Summer of jazz is the longest running free jazz series in the Rocky Mountain region, and by free I mean no cover charge. Nothing comes close to it,” Bob said. “We really focus on improvisational jazz and try to show how styles are encompassed by that phrase.”
Wednesday New Orleans-based keyboardist Jon Cleary and his Absolute Monster Gentlemen band close the 20th Summer of Jazz season at 7 p.m. at Two Rivers.
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