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hour a special report stay with us. we imbibe forty acres and nineteen ninety three and decided it would be a great place to find them build a home on the retire. i am first generation my great great grandfather homesteaded here. let's go let's go to gates that way was killed when he would go a mile don't think sarah wants north but. we have three hundred head of al i come down on the high country there and current of lincoln you know. i'm
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a fourth generation rancher and when i was little dad would let me have two cows out of the herd so i could have known her. my favorite things is the red winged blackbirds that use the honey honey the red winged blackbirds are back you know. this has been my favorite place i've ever lived in my life i say river is going to lose it's your and your. have called interplay in every regulatory towsley senate house of the legislation is that a direct from president days when there's a group present world countries are clean or thirty six billion dollars for content on the twenty dollars gold dollars number tell him for things like. there she is. we call it our new neighbor neighbor nine o seven. we
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are in a spy. a state situation where the surface and someone else owns the mineral rights and what happens in colorado and i think in most western states is the mineral rights. are dominant the law on mineral extraction goes back hundreds of years that says the mineral owner has a right to extract that mineral and to a certain extent can extract it and impact the surface without compensation. we have seventy acres here and i can't convince them that they need to drill somewhere besides two hundred feet from our house. the energy policy has been to drill drill drill drill civil war era very strong
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industry they've got a tremendous amount of political and claw it's an awful lot of money. as a civil servant i spoke out. but it's difficult to do so because you feel constantly that you're risking your job and your family's future. i don't know. if you want to play as i sat there and looked out my window and i backyard all i could think was there is no way i can stay out so i'm sitting here with all of the right resources these people need help. or problems before we leave the rifle. and they're motivated by profits and unfortunately are motivated by short term
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profits they don't take the one field. on. the time this it you come out here and you come out here and live in my house for a week. i have no rights. the rocky mountains are seeing an unprecedented boom in oil and gas drilling. montana wyoming colorado new mexico utah the boom is happening all over the country there's oil and gas operations in thirty two states right now but the rocky mountain states are really seeing the vast majority of the expansion. and it's over flowing into communities where people are seeing this right in their backyards. oh sure you were
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they wanted to put this location one of the first places that they wanted to put it surprise you and say we have pretty well out there you don't have in the city. split estates situation is when somebody who the surface of their land does not own the resources that are underneath their land for example oil and gas or other minerals a private person could own a house with land and the federal government or another private individual might on the resources under it a person who owns the oil and gas has rights to access that oil and gas which means that whoever owns the surface probably can't control what happens on their own property. in the middle miles off the field believe this this state represent their outer boundary. of their. just guessing that it would be about two hundred
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feet from our house which is all for plumbers because we say we don't want the smell and they say well i'd rather smell like. livestock that's it you're crazy if you take it. you feel so helpless you know. split estate is a concept that dates back to when the english king reserved his rights to gold and silver deposits despite who owned the land as america was homesteaded the government continue the tradition of this kind of separate ownership. for one minute if anything is off one hundred fifty feet away from your house one and half times the length of the barrack so if it falls over one hundred houses we see this look on people's faces and they get that look at me so wait a minute i can't be right that's not fair that can't be what it is that's the way it is this is an attitude drilling rig near a small house showing just how close the two can be and how large the path is
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during drilling this site can cover several acres before it is reduced to a smaller path for the producing well. today with cries for more domestic oil and gas production. energy companies have been aggressively leasing mineral rights so they can drill beneath both private and public lands all over the rocky mountain west this industry has been expanding dramatically tens of thousands of new wells across the region in colorado we've had about thirty thousand wells and we expect another thirty thousand in the next five or six years for decades the oil and gas industry has lobbied to create a regulatory climate which is pave the way for the current drilling. that engine after the bush cheney election there was a dramatic excel aeration and drilling activity both had received large
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contributions from oil and gas interests and the vice president had been the chief executive of. a major player in the drilling industry. in the days of our growing economy also means expanding our domestic production of oil and natural gas which are vital fuel for transportation electricity and manufacturing whatever. alternative sources and conserving energy and that's part of our plan the reality is the. one hundred percent of our transportation needs are many democrats fought the bush cheney energy policies they felt they were shut out of the process of developing the nation's approach to energy this administration is a gas and oil administration frankly and so they're they're wedded to an old policy they're wedded to a twentieth century policy where we need a twenty first century policy you have the bush administration you have two or it's a very tough and they aren't sympathetic they're making very serious mistakes
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because they talk to themselves and the energy companies and only themselves and the energy companies we don't know what other provisions may have special interest provisions that are easy to add in when you're writing when. these bills in secret in two thousand and five the administration's energy bill passed with support from members of both political parties it provide the gas and oil industry billions of dollars in subsidies tax breaks and research money sixty five percent of the current subsidies go to gas and oil and you have this imbalance we ought to have sixty five percent or more eighty percent ought to be going to alternative renewable technology through energy efficiency the energy bill makes practical reforms to the oil and gas permitting process to encourage new aspirations after years of the great individual. congress passed a good bill. it
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all began here for us twenty five years ago when my husband moved here and then i will hear eighteen years ago. arlen and i were married in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight i was a pharmaceutical chemist for many years. i has been is a civil engineer with a specialty in water and he is retired a few years ago we ran into some real problems with the oil and gas industry because they have begun drilling here in canada oil and gas contacted us in the early spring of two thousand and four with the proposal that they would put wells on our land and we began negotiations a surface use agreement with them and we negotiated for nine months and the
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bulldozer showed up one day and began ripping and tearing before we had signed a surface use agreement. regulations require that oil and gas companies consult with landowners before drilling if the landowner doesn't agree to the terms the company proposes it can post a bond with the state go on to the land and drill anyway that's what happened to the bells. when we first just i asked the seller about the mineral rights and he said he didn't have them to sell eighty five percent of landowners in colorado do not own the rights to the minerals under their land until you get on the federal property and i think it is private interests that all human rights from here once you're on the forest are veolia and of course it's a government garfield county located high in the colorado rockies was always
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a quiet rural area for its residents. but in the one nine hundred ninety s. things started to change. gas and oil drilling began to boom and development has expanded dramatically each year when i first came to colorado twenty seven years ago the energy production was for oil on the time that there was this and that it fuels corporation and it was all about oil shale natural gas they didn't have high points for and so they were trying to figure out what to do with all the natural gas i mean there was a lot of there was no use for a little time now natural gas was the biggest thing that's going on in western colorado. there's no end canada leases in here cross roads build very corporation and over there on an acre spacing for mayor i mean you want your religion for and you know how many wells around pared it i bet you could see three four hundred wells. we're standing right over
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a pipeline right here by the way. right where we stand and we had a spill. do you see over my head here we've got the neighbors wells that are all three forum over there and that stack closest to the blue one day it would play old faithful had over there the separator spewed paraffin out over the pad and on over into good a number of acres of our parish church and that paraffin was laced with effects chemicals hydrocarbons of various kinds we were concerned it would contaminate and did. it in the grasses were maybe in dry and whatnot so we used to burn the did shin writing carbons along with it so we wouldn't get it or detroit or.
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a couple philips operates about ten thousand wells. here in the basin which is. an incredible number of wells to climb mountains on a daily basis and so as a simple example we do well over the years and look at what our well should be delivering and if i spend five minutes per well. it takes about nine months to go through that process everything below us down here is our main to canyon. if you get up on the big here is the benches those painters are just littered with wells approximately five hundred all told. but in now with the new wells that they have proved will go from about five hundred to
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a. hundred within the next twenty years we drill that averages about three hundred fifty new wells per year when you take a color auto side and include that we think that conoco phillips has probably another ten thousand wells there where you will the real in the basin over the next forty years. to sharply increase drilling on gilbert are meant as ranch is typical of what has happened to vast expanses of northern new mexico land. a satellite image shows the crisscrossing patterns of access roads and wells and stand in for hundreds of miles across some one county and north west new mexico. and one third as this brings up so bad that i can't recognize it from the first time i saw . the ranch lands of some one county are the only areas inundated by drilling rigs.
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in the towns near gilbert are meant as land there are a wells everywhere in neighborhoods and near schools. gas industry has been here for fifty plus years and we do drill in populated areas you can go out here. a couple hundred yards from this office and find a pretty decent well condo philips is the largest producer in the san juan basin and when you look at the total between our workforce directly and indirectly or in forest it's about eight percent the local population so we're a very large employer in the basin where. industry has brought jobs and money to fix. but for gilbert our men the price is much too high. this gate will be the gate to enter into my property the old company had me completely locked out for two and a half years and the only way that would give me
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a key. is if i agreed to keep the gate locked at all times. industry has the mentality that. it's all belong to nobody else. and that's what they tell those who make a grill here on our land. it's all right. you're in our way. we distinct a good neighbor program is something that was somewhat elementary and it's just respect because if you don't things will happen first is the government will regulate them a lot of times regulates private business and second is new mexico becomes an unfriendly business environment and oil and gas industries go elsewhere i don't think the state wants that the oil and gas industry doesn't want that we have a very large emphasis with our three hundred twenty five member companies about being a good neighbor about talking to people about doing the things. that you would do
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in your neighborhood with your next door neighbor. in the us in the lower forty eight on shore the boom that is currently going on is driven a lot by technology are going to a lot of technological advances was horizontal drilling with fracture stimulation one of the key elements to finding and getting the resource out of very tight sand or hard rock is a fracking process fracking is just a short word for fracturing hydraulic fracturing or fracking as it's commonly called is a drilling technique first commercialised by how burdened in one nine hundred forty nine comes in with very high powered water and sand and a slightly soapy mixture and all it does is it goes down and it just fractures little tiny fractures in the rock and then sand goes into those fractures and allows that gas to escape. and then the gas flows in to the pipe up to the surface
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in the people's homes. hydraulic fracturing is largely responsible for the domestic drilling boom because of its high cost it was not widely used until recently in the one nine hundred ninety s. when the price of natural gas shot up high enough to make it affordable this is here in the reserves it's here to see you colborne is one of the world's leading authorities on endor cringes wrapped in chemicals in the environment and their impact on humans here the threats are coming all the way which is thirty miles from here she has been studying the chemicals used by the industry for drilling and extraction and documenting their effects basically our first list of the chemicals that were being used was this very very sure and an interesting list that e.p.a. put together it certainly wasn't comprehensive we know he really found out very
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rapidly that it was no small list they don't tell you everything it's in a product you may only get five percent of what's in that product and the rest of it is for private terry or they just don't get it they don't have to. orland gas deposits below ground contain toxic compounds that are brought to the surface during drilling these compounds pollute the environment and can cause health problems but the impacts of drilling are made even worse by the chemical products that are injected during the process dr colborne has documented over two hundred products used in colorado drilling over ninety percent contained chemicals with adverse health effects. there is not only prove that there's anything harmful in the fracking fluids that are used to fracture the routes and water flows are not toxic in a way that a lot of because of the. mis understanding
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a word is actually in the fluids i have fracking fluid taken right out of fracking truck in my office i've had it in my mouth it tasted it and i'm just five for people who are telling you that these products are safe first ask them what they have been trained in to find out who is paying their salary and third actually hand them a real glass. of something because you have taken from an evaporation and ask them to drink it. i think it's just some part of people understand that we live here in la that also so i would be messin or nast. he and harold hofmeister live across the road from the belle farm surrounded by an
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ever increasing number of natural gas wells where and bad actually sleeping and. we heard this pop and then our son called and he said that the well is on fire and my husband wanted to try to go outside and it was too hot on the deck so he couldn't remove all the noise right away they are old and then the fire trucks came but they waited way down because there was nothing they could do a coat away from or through the burning own growth of. so i think they were there basically for our homes and if they caught fire or something you know one of our structures. industrial accidents and spills are common in these communities between two thousand and three and two thousand and eight he's estimated that there were one thousand four hundred and thirty five spills in colorado. nearly a quarter of these spills are believed to have contaminated either ground or
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surface water and stage every time we do this it's why it's why we see it was when you see the islands and nothing you know. a little farther down dry hollow road is the divide creek. ok here we go that's where lisa bracken and her family live. this is that was first discovered. i got a call one day april first from a neighbor steve thompson and said you know i found some stuff down here on my place it doesn't look right. i think you can look at it and he said it's not normal we always vote over the water up there by very large little first job and. that's all there are from. both those on our properties there was a the evidence of bubbling in the creek we don't know what it was it looked like a pepsi can there was just an eruption of bubbles fizzing all over the place in the
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reeds in the water in an effort to convince authorities that the bubbling was not occurring naturally lisa and her family demonstrated that the gas would ignite. if your. water samples taken from the ground water in the divide creek say the area showed levels of the carcinogen benzene forty eight times government standards gas was released into the creek for fifty five days before the well believed to have caused the seep was received old after they were mediated the well evidence of the sea largely disappeared here it went away and pepys place on langer's it the medicine if only and there's still some evidence of it there but it's the only lingering presence. to this day gas continues to bubble up with the seeps main exit point on pepe langer's land. so what they're trying to do is
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contain everything they can come in a full right in this earthly area if there's no benzene to live in and nobody knows are long it's going to three or if ever. surely you know everything is going to be cleared up. according to a statement provided by the end kind of corporation nothing that and can a did was out of compliance with the regulations in place at that time extensive monitoring following the incident indicates there was no contamination of residential water sources as a result of the seat an air convection system is in place to remove benzene from the groundwater in the plume area skills and groundwater contamination can occur anywhere there is drilling industry representatives often try to downplay their environmental impact this is colorado matters some coloradans who with new oil and
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gas wells say trilling is making serious and spike in oil and gas drilling in colorado is having a big incentive there is new information about the effect it will truly on your health. question is that so much i can't tell if i should if you're the model is the taliban bad guys just to be friends again pakistan u.s. relations face a breaking point for us as pakistan is hedging its bets by maintaining ties to the . wealthy british style side. market finance can. find out what's really happening to the global economy
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