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Vecinos - Week of 08/24/11

By Staff

Fracking in Windsor

Residents in Windsor are furious over the proposal of Ranchers Exploration Partners drilling for natural gas using a method called fracking. Fracking is the injection of a mixture of sand, water and other chemicals at high pressure to release natural gas deposits in the ground. Many are concerned that the chemicals used during the fracking process are harmful and can contaminate ground water, which could lead to health problems for residents in Windsor. One of the most common downfalls to fracking has been the flammability of drinking water.

Denver Peak in Aspen

The late folksinger John Denver may be honored in Colorado by having one of Colorado’s majestic peaks named after the accomplished singer. A petition to change the name from Sopris Peak to Denver peak is creating much controversy. There have been brisk differences of opinion about the late singer’s heritage in the state of Colorado, since he was not a native of Colorado. Denver was an adopted native after expressing his love for Colorado through his music. Denver has had an array of folk hits like “Rocky Mountain High,” “Guess I’d Rather be in Colorado” and “Christmas for Cowboys.” Born in Roswell, N.M., Denver made his way to Colorado where he later made his home in Aspen. Denver was also known for his environmental work.

Northern Mega Power

The “Million” pipeline being proposed as a hydropower project from Green River and Flaming Gorge in Southwest Wyoming to Northern Colorado cities is facing large opposition. Construction of the project would entail 578 miles of pipeline, and cost up to $3.2 billion dollars. The “Million” project would generate 70 megawatts of hydropower and 1,000 megawatts from storage. The project is facing strong opposition from key residents in both Wyoming and Utah while opposition in Colorado is coming from environmentalists.





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