Here's a story from the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel about the risks of oil and gas drilling in watersheds. Grand Junction recently tried to outbid a private company for new leases in their watershed.
From the article, "Natural-gas wells should never be allowed within municipal watersheds, according to the author of a recent study that found state and federal governments do not require enough financial security to cover potential cleanup of oil and gas sites throughout the West.
"James Kuipers of Butte, Mont., visited Rifle last week to talk about his study of reclamation planning and financial assurance, or bonding, for oil and gas drilling. He also visited some nearby well sites.
"The city of Rifle established permits for industrial activities within five miles of its Colorado River and Beaver Creek municipal water diversion and intake facilities in the early 1990s, city Attorney Lee Leavenworth said. The districts and permits were created to protect the city's water supply."
Category: Colorado Water