News, November 13th

WATER STUDY CONCLUDES; MAMM CREEK METHANE SEEPAGE MOSTLY NATURAL

Glenwood Springs—An extensive and exhaustive study of drilling effects on groundwater in the Mamm Creek and West Divide Creek areas concluded that most of the chemical seepage is naturally occurring. That sums up a report delivered to the Garfield County Board of Commissioners.  Hydrogeologist Chris Gutman says the lengthy study examined several wells of varying depths from 200 to 600 feet over 110 square miles.   County commissioners say more public hearings will be held in the future to address additional concerns and issues.

FRACKING VOTE RECOUNT IN BROOMFIELD

BROOMFIELD. (AP) – Ballot counting on a fracking measure in Broomfield resumes today. The measure to ban hydraulic fracturing for five years fell 13 votes short of passing in the Nov. 5 election. The tally won’t be final until officials have counted every ballot — those from overseas, the military and other ballots with problems like missing signatures. Voters in three other Front Range cities passed fracking bans last week.

DRONE HUNTING REGULATIONS DISCUSSED

LAMAR (AP) – Colorado wildlife officials are poised to set limits for hunters using drones to help spot potential game. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission begins discussion on the question tomorrow in Lamar. It’s a separate question than the one pending before voters in Deer Trail, which is considering flouting federal law and issuing permits to hunt aerial drones.

URANIUM MILL WATER DISCHARGE

CANON CITY (AP) – A ruptured underground pipe discharged contaminated water from the defunct Cotter Corp. uranium mill near Canon City. The contaminated water spill is the third in the last four years.  The spill was reported Nov. 5 and was five to 10 times larger than previous discharges.