<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:20:16 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado lawmakers gear up for battle over fracking]]> By Ivan Moreno, Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-gear-up-for-battle-over-fracking/article/1545127?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-gear-up-for-battle-over-fracking/article/1545127?custom_click=rss DENVER — Colorado Republicans are proposing to compensate mineral owners when a local government bans or restricts fracking.

The GOP's approach has bothered Democrats who argue lawmakers should wait for recommendations from a task force studying how to resolve land-use disputes among homeowners, local governments, and energy companies.

Regulations over fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, are expected to be one of the most divisive issues state lawmakers take up this year.

Recommendations from the task force are due in late February. But Republicans already have two pending proposals to counter any fracking restrictions.

A bill in the House would require local governments that ban fracking to compensate



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DENVER — Colorado Republicans are proposing to compensate mineral owners when a local government bans or restricts fracking.

The GOP's approach has bothered Democrats who argue lawmakers should wait for recommendations from a task force studying how to resolve land-use disputes among homeowners, local governments, and energy companies.

Regulations over fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, are expected to be one of the most divisive issues state lawmakers take up this year.

Recommendations from the task force are due in late February. But Republicans already have two pending proposals to counter any fracking restrictions.

A bill in the House would require local governments that ban fracking to compensate

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Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:52:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs improves flood insurance score]]> By MONICA MENDOZA monica.mendoza@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-improves-flood-insurance-score/article/1545079?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-improves-flood-insurance-score/article/1545079?custom_click=rss The city of Colorado Springs improved its score in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System, which results in a reduction in flood insurance premiums for residents by 20 percent, NFIP officials said Thursday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recognized the city for its work in recent years to reduce the flood risk. The city improved its NFIP Community Rating System from a Class 7 to a Class 6, said Mathew Buddie NFIP specialist. The NFIP is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes communities that exceed the minimum requirements. Ratings are on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the best. Points are awarded for engaging in public information, mapping and regulations flood damage reduction and flood



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The city of Colorado Springs improved its score in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System, which results in a reduction in flood insurance premiums for residents by 20 percent, NFIP officials said Thursday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recognized the city for its work in recent years to reduce the flood risk. The city improved its NFIP Community Rating System from a Class 7 to a Class 6, said Mathew Buddie NFIP specialist. The NFIP is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes communities that exceed the minimum requirements. Ratings are on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the best. Points are awarded for engaging in public information, mapping and regulations flood damage reduction and flood

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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:22:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Residents come together in plea to fill Palmer Lake]]> By RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/residents-come-together-in-plea-to-fill-palmer-lake/article/1544953?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/residents-come-together-in-plea-to-fill-palmer-lake/article/1544953?custom_click=rss The towns of Palmer Lake and Monument are in a gridlock over 21.8 million gallons of water, a bitter debate that could pit the towns against each other in court.

Palmer Lake residents, desperate to use the water to save their dry lake, thronged Monument's Tuesday evening board of trustees meeting to plead for water.

Palmer Lake has been grappling with the state and other southern Colorado water districts since December 2013, when it asked to convert an old railroad water right into something that could save the lake.

The railroad water right has gone unused since the late 1950s, when Colorado's railroads stopped running steam engines.



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The towns of Palmer Lake and Monument are in a gridlock over 21.8 million gallons of water, a bitter debate that could pit the towns against each other in court.

Palmer Lake residents, desperate to use the water to save their dry lake, thronged Monument's Tuesday evening board of trustees meeting to plead for water.

Palmer Lake has been grappling with the state and other southern Colorado water districts since December 2013, when it asked to convert an old railroad water right into something that could save the lake.

The railroad water right has gone unused since the late 1950s, when Colorado's railroads stopped running steam engines.

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Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:24:51 -0700
<![CDATA[USGS: Earthquake near Fountain 'wasn't real']]> BY JAKOB RODGERS AND 
NEWS SERVICES jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/usgs-earthquake-near-fountain-wasnt-real/article/1544874?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usgs-earthquake-near-fountain-wasnt-real/article/1544874?custom_click=rss

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-3.0 earthquake reported early Monday near Fountain didn't actually happen.

"It turns out that wasn't real," said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center in Golden.

He said the earthquake report was the result of a faulty sensor and a newer geologic analyst.

"Sometimes the computer (messes up) and he didn't recognize that," Blakeman said.

The USGS said the sensor was likely triggered by a series of temblors in south-central Kansas and north-central Oklahoma.

The USGS initially reported that a 3.0-magnitude quake was centered 12 miles southeast of Fountain.

Although quakes rock southern Colorado, most are minor and do not

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]]> The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-3.0 earthquake reported early Monday near Fountain didn't actually happen.

"It turns out that wasn't real," said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center in Golden.

He said the earthquake report was the result of a faulty sensor and a newer geologic analyst.

"Sometimes the computer (messes up) and he didn't recognize that," Blakeman said.

The USGS said the sensor was likely triggered by a series of temblors in south-central Kansas and north-central Oklahoma.

The USGS initially reported that a 3.0-magnitude quake was centered 12 miles southeast of Fountain.

Although quakes rock southern Colorado, most are minor and do not]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 04:10:09 -0700 <![CDATA[Regulator: Colorado short on oil, gas well inspectors]]> By Dan Elliott, Associated Press http://gazette.com/regulator-colorado-short-on-oil-gas-well-inspectors/article/1544679?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/regulator-colorado-short-on-oil-gas-well-inspectors/article/1544679?custom_click=rss GREELEY — Colorado has nearly 2,000 active oil and gas wells for every inspector and would need to add one inspector a year to keep up with recent trends, the state's top energy industry regulator said Thursday.

Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director Matt Lepore provided the statistics in response to questions from Gov. John Hickenlooper's task force on how the oil and gas industry is regulated. The panel was meeting in Greeley.

Lepore said later that about 1,800 new wells have been drilled in Colorado every year over the past five to seven years, but falling oil prices could slow that rate and change the number of additional inspectors needed.



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GREELEY — Colorado has nearly 2,000 active oil and gas wells for every inspector and would need to add one inspector a year to keep up with recent trends, the state's top energy industry regulator said Thursday.

Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director Matt Lepore provided the statistics in response to questions from Gov. John Hickenlooper's task force on how the oil and gas industry is regulated. The panel was meeting in Greeley.

Lepore said later that about 1,800 new wells have been drilled in Colorado every year over the past five to seven years, but falling oil prices could slow that rate and change the number of additional inspectors needed.

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Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:42:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Stray satellite signals help measure snowfall in arid West]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/stray-satellite-signals-help-measure-snowfall-in-arid-west/article/1544342?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stray-satellite-signals-help-measure-snowfall-in-arid-west/article/1544342?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Climate scientists are gleaning valuable information about snowfall and droughts from errant satellite signals once considered a nuisance.

The data comes from GPS receivers, mostly ones used by earthquake researchers to detect motion in the Earth's surface.

The receivers use signals from GPS satellites to measure movement. But there's a problem: In addition to picking up signals directly from the satellites, the receivers also pick up satellite signals that bounce off the ground first, providing false readings.

"First I tried to get rid of them because they were making the earthquake data bad," said Kristine Larson, a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado.



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DENVER — Climate scientists are gleaning valuable information about snowfall and droughts from errant satellite signals once considered a nuisance.

The data comes from GPS receivers, mostly ones used by earthquake researchers to detect motion in the Earth's surface.

The receivers use signals from GPS satellites to measure movement. But there's a problem: In addition to picking up signals directly from the satellites, the receivers also pick up satellite signals that bounce off the ground first, providing false readings.

"First I tried to get rid of them because they were making the earthquake data bad," said Kristine Larson, a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado.

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Fri, 09 Jan 2015 18:22:21 -0700