Captain's Log 1XE, Day 27 in the month of February in the Earth Calendar Year of 2013.
Big doings going on. I know you have read about this issue before but things are coming to a head here in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado. A beautiful blue bird Colorado winter day with mares' tails high in the stratosphere (usually a precursor of weather a-coming) with the NY Times aboard looking at the Thompson Divide from above. This iconic landscape has a smattering of gas leases that threaten to fragment and totally change the nature of this wild and mostly pristine area.
Weld County leads the state in oil and gas production with over 16,500 active oil and gas wells.
Many people are concerned about the industrial use of water in this drought stricken region of Colorado. Oil and gas companies use millions of gallons of water and thousands of chemicals in the process of fracking each drill site. With water already scarce in Colorado, increased fracking operations threaten traditional uses of water, such as agriculture and recreation, as well as posing risks for polluting ground water.
Come fly along with us on another Captain's log. The day was CAVU (Ceiling Absolute, Visibility Unlimited) a righteous day for flying, nary a bump to be felt and with a favorable groundspeed this video is only about 2 minutes long.