I Wouldn’t Want to Live in Greeley, Colorado

November 20, 2014 at 4:19 PM 1 comment

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The Boom from Above: Visualizing The Rapid Pace of Drilling in Colorado’s Communities

Colorado is in the midst of a fast-paced oil and natural gas boom that has secured the state a spot as one of the top ten oil and gas producers in the nation.

The boom has also brought drilling and its impacts into Colorado’s communities, but it can be hard to grasp its full extent and how quickly it has spread to the state’s populated areas.

Using publicly-available data from the state of Colorado, we mapped the oil and gas wells drilled in Colorado between 1990 and 2013. The maps show a sea of red moving across the state and into Colorado’s communities.

Oil and Gas Wells Drilled on the Front Range: 1990-2013
This map shows the 14,887 oil and gas wells that have been drilled around Greeley, Colorado.


This is Greeley, Colorado and its surrounding oil and gas wells in 1992:

Greeley Oil Wells 1

(Image via WesternPriorities.org)

And this is Greeley last year:

Greeley Oil Wells 2

(Image via WesternPriorities.org)

It’s Out. Of. Control.

(Greeley is about 55 miles northeast of me here in Boulder).




Entry filed under: Corporatocracy, Energy.

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