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GARCO BOARD APPROVES INJECTION WELL

Glenwood Springs—The Garfield County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved plans for an injection well near Parachute. The Ursa-owned, 62-hundred foot deep, non-commercial well will be about a mile and a half west of Parachute. Company officials say there are no plans to build additional wells in the near future.

GAS DRILLING ON PUBLIC LANDS GOES TO COURT

Cheyenne, Wyoming—New rules for hydraulic fracturing and other petroleum industry practices on federal land are headed before a federal judge in Wyoming. Four states and two petroleum industry groups are suing the U.S. Interior Department, saying the rules announced in March are unnecessarily burdensome for oil and gas developers. The rules are set to take effect Wednesday. Colorado, North Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, the Western Energy Alliance and the Independent Petroleum Association of America want to suspend them pending the outcome of their lawsuit. District Judge Scott Skavdahl is hearing arguments Tuesday in Casper. The states claim they already have effective regulations for oil and gas drilling. The federal government says the rules are necessary to protect federal land.

DROWNED GJ KAYAKER IDENTIFIED

Aspen—The man who who drowned last Sunday while kayaking on the Frying Pan River was identified as 63 year old Gerry Young of Grand Junction. Friends of Young say he was an avid outdoorsman and a well-liked ski instructor who spent a great deal of time in Aspen and Snowmass.

GARCO REVENUE FORECAST FOR 2017 LOOKS BLEAK

Glenwood Springs—Property tax revenue in Garfield County will see a slight increase according to finance director Anne Driggers. It’s a different story however for 2017. Driggers says the revenue drop off that year will be significant…possibly 14 million dollars or more. County officials are warning all department heads to prepare for some major cutbacks.

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