ACCESS CONTROL PLAN ON GW COUNCIL AGENDA TONIGHT
Glenwood Springs—The Glenwood Springs City Council will once again tackle the controversial Access Control Plan at tonight’s meeting. The council is expected to vote on an intergovernmental agreement. The meeting begins at 7.
ASPEN STILL DIGGING FOR GEOTHERMAL ENERGY
Aspen—The city of Aspen isn’t giving up the search for geothermal energy. City officials hired a drilling company to keep digging for the energy source as deep as 15-hundred feet below ground.
TIPTON’S HYDROPOWER BILL PASSES HOUSE
Washington, D.C.—A bill sponsored by Western Slope Congressman Scott Tipton that would make it easier to produce hydropower was overwhelmingly approved by House lawmakers. With a 416-7 vote, Tipton’s bill now moves on to the Senate. The measure would allow developers to do the work to create hydropower plants without doing additional environmental reviews.
PARACHUTE—The leak of hydrocarbons into Parachute Creek was due to a failed pressure gauge on a pipeline according to Williams Company. Company officials say the gauge began leaking on December 20th but wasn’t stopped until the 3rd of January. Crews didn’t know how much had seeped out and they rediscovered the contamination last month when they excavated the area. Over 10 thousand gallons of natural gas liquids leaked from the gauge and over half of that has been recovered. Williams officials say the contamination has not seeped into Parachute Creek, which flows into the Colorado River. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is still investigating the leak.