News, December 16th

HOUSTON COMPANY LOOKING TO DRILL NEAR SUNLIGHT

Glenwood Springs—Glenwood Springs is the logical access route for a two-well exploratory project outside the town according to an official with SG Interests.     However, the Houston company is not ruling out an alternate access through a forest if it expands drilling. Alternate routes could include a longer a road that would require miles of road construction through a forest to let trucks get to Silt.  The proposed wells are in the Thompson Divide, which nearby communities including Glenwood Springs, and the Thompson Divide Coalition are opposed to.

TOUGHER SPILL RULES CONSIDERED

Rifle— Colorado oil and gas regulators are considering new spill rules that are stricter than those passed by state lawmakers. Today‚Äôs hearing is a review a new law that requires operators to report all spills of one or more barrels within 24 hours if the spill spreads beyond designated containment areas. The draft proposal from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission would also require them to report all spills of five barrels or more within 24 hours, whether or not they’re confined by berms or other containment. Currently, the reporting threshold is 20 barrels and the industry opposes stricter requirements.

INVESTIGATION OF PLANE CRASH NEAR COLLBRAN CONTINUES

COLLBRAN (AP) – Investigators are still trying to recover the wreckage of a small plane that crashed in western Colorado, killing the pilot and two passengers. The wreckage is in a remote area miles from the nearest highway. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office says the wreckage was found Thursday in a remote area east of Collbran. The victims have been identified as Dana Brewer, who was pilot of the plane, and passengers William Kennon and Richard Platz, all residents of the Western Slope.The plane took off from Mesa-Mack airport. Authorities say the pilot told the airport manager they were checking for livestock

ONLINE GAMBLING IN THE WORKS FOR COLORADO

DENVER (AP) – Colorado officials are considering legislation that would allow online gambling. Earlier this year, Colorado lawmakers and industry officials drafted legislation that would have authorized Internet poker, but that effort stalled. The industry says it will continue to explore the issue, with another push possible when lawmakers return next year. Current state regulation relies on cooperation from the gambling industry.

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