What Goes On Here: Sept. 26

By Mollie Putzig

Fracking Panel

Coloradans no longer get to weigh in on fracking regulations. Gov. John Hickenlooper created a panel to replace the four fracking proposals on this November’s ballot. The Associated Press reported that the 21-member panel of “government officials, civic leaders and representatives of the energy industry,” met for the first time on Thursday.

Bear-Resistant Trash Cans

Now’s the time of year when black bears join us under the Flatirons, which prompted the city to pass an ordinance requiring bear-resistant trash cans and carts. Residents west of Broadway and south of Sumac who fail to secure their trash by Oct. 1 could receive $250 fines, according to CU Boulder.

Bear in the distance climbing down the third Flatiron on Sept. 21.

Bear in the distance climbing down the third Flatiron on Sept. 21.

Fire Severity

A new CU Boulder study analyzing tree-ring data and fire-scarring dating back to the 1600s over 1.3 million acres found that the severity of recent fires is not out of the historical norm. The Daily Camera reported that the effects of climate change lead to larger areas burning and more damage as people move into Colorado’s red zones.

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