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Advocates of regulating storm water runoff associated with oil and gas development gained a key Western Slope ally Tuesday.The Colorado River Water Conservation Districts board unanimously voted to support continuing to apply state storm water regulations to the industry.The action, taken at its quarterly meeting in Glenwood Springs, follows passage by Congress earlier this year of its energy bill. The legislation makes clear that no oil and gas development activities require federal storm water permits, even if they are considered construction-related.Storm water permits are used to help limit runoff of sediment when earth is disturbed by construction-related activities. In Colorado, the oil and gas industry is required to obtain the permits.
A drilling rig visible on the skyline atop the Roan Plateau is seen by some as a harbinger of unwanted development.The rig is drilling one of three wells Williams has bored this year on private leases on top of the Roan Plateau, just west of the landmark sandstone pinnacles called Anvil Points. Its also highly visible from the Interstate 70 corridor.The rig is a signal to the rest of the valley of what could take place on the plateau, said Duke Cox, a Silt contractor and president of the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance. I hope it sends a message that if you havent paid attention to the issues, now is the time to pay attention. Cox, who lives on Silt Mesa, said hes watched the horizon to the west for many years. Theres a light there now. I know it will go away but the air coming from that spot wont ever go away.
With two new bus stops and a new park-and-ride planned for the Glenwood Meadows area, big route changes are in store for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.No details have been finalized yet, but RFTA plans to open the new park-and-ride and bus stops on Wulfsohn Road by Thanksgiving, said RFTA chief Dan Blankenship. The bus stops will serve the Meadows and will be placed on both sides of Wulfsohn Road in front of Target. The park-and-ride, which will be adjacent to Wulfsohn Road on the west end of the Meadows, will offer bus service to both Aspen and Rifle, he said. Buses will likely be routed via Eighth Street, Midland Avenue and Wulfsohn Road to reach the Meadows.
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