To walk into Connections for Independent Living’s downtown Greeley location is to be greeted with brightly colored walls, open communal spaces, inspirational posters, a friendly smile and an introduction to Flash, the excitable blue betta fish. A warm welcome is only the beginning; the staff members work tirelessly to help people with any type of disability to gain the self-confidence, legal aid and funds necessary to live independently.
This morning, Colorado regulators are expected to finalize new rules that will require oil and gas companies to make public the chemicals they use to hydraulically fracture wells. Much of the attention lately has been whether those “fracking” fluids that are mixed with sand and chemicals pose a risk to polluting ground water. But in Colorado there’s been far less scrutiny on just how much water the fracking process itself requires, until now.
Weld County and many of its communities are enjoying a windfall thanks to the oil-and-gas boom over the last couple years. KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Jeff Nuttall, publisher of the Northern Colorado Business Report, about some of the impacts from the boom.
Northeastern Colorado is fast becoming the site of one of the country’s next big oil booms as new technologies surrounding hydraulic fracturing are allowing companies to get a piece of the Niobrara Shale. Previously deemed too expensive to drill, the Niobrara formation that extends from beneath Denver all the way to western Nebraska is thought to hold more than a billion barrels of oil. The only trouble is much of the land atop it is home to one of the country’s fastest growing regions.
Weld County Public Works officials are wrapping up efforts to clear debris along the Poudre River. They're anticipating higher-than-normal flows resulting from melting snowpack.
Crews are inspecting bridges and looking for fallen debris that could block the spring runoff. That’s because some estimates show the river flowing 6,000 cubic feet per second, about 1,700 more than last spring. David Bauer, an engineer for the county, says teams are trying to anticipate which spots along the river might flood nearby roads.