Energy expert gives Aspen talk on natural gas |

Energy expert gives Aspen talk on natural gas

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – Randy Udall, of Carbondale, a national expert on energy sustainability, will give a free presentation Tuesday on natural gas development in western Colorado.

Udall’s talk will be at 7 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House. His presentation, “Natural Gas Development in Western Colorado: Past, Present and Future,” will delve into the history of the gas boom. He will discuss how technological advancements with hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, allow extraction of resources that were previously irretrievable. He also will discuss a “land grab” in which three companies acquired drilling rights on 2 million acres of land in western Colorado.

Udall was the longtime director of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency in Aspen. He helped start the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program, which has raised more than $10 million for renewable-energy projects in the Roaring Fork Valley.

“Whether you’re a rural landowner, environmental advocate, elected official or elk hunter, you should be paying close attention to natural gas development in our region,” said Nathan Ratledge, CORE director. “The issues are complex, but the current and potential impacts warrant all of our attention.”

The Community Office for Resource Efficiency and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies are presenting Udall’s presentation as part of the Jessica Catto Leadership Dialogues.

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